Firefighters battle flames for an hour at Little Neck home, under hot sun, bad conditions; no one hurt, under investigation

June 15, 2018

No one was hurt following a residential fire yesterday afternoon in the 1100-block of Crabbers Cove Lane in the city's Little Neck area. 

 

When fire first units arrived, they reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the house, which was vacant at the time.

 

After attacking the fire from the outside, firefighters entered the structure and were confronted with difficult conditions.

 

Thick, black, smoke made visibility extremely limited and they encountered extreme heat from the working fire.

 

Firefighters also had difficulty accessing the interior fire due to numerous obstacles they encountered inside the home.

 

Damaged flooring also made it difficult for firefighters to move around inside the structure.

 

Even accessing the home from the outside proved to be a challenge, due to the narrow road leading to the front of the house, making it difficult to get heavy equipment in place.

Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit.

 

It took well over an hour to get the fire under control and due to the heavy damage, firefighters remained on the scene long after the fire was out.

 

Heat and heavy smoke from the fire weren’t the only things affecting firefighters at the scene, hot weather today also made their job difficult.

 

Extra efforts were taken to keep firefighters hydrated and VBEMS placed crews on the scene to monitor their vital signs and make sure those coming out of the building were all right.

 

With one ladder truck, five engines and one heavy rescue truck on scene, there were ample personnel to rotate crews and ensure everyone had time to rest and recover from the heat.

 

There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

 

Fire investigators were on scene and working to determine the fire's cause.

Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit.

 

 

Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit.
 

 

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