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Melville FD Battles Fire in Group Home

Photo by Steve Silverman.

Photo by Steve Silverman.

The Melville Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at a group home for disabled residents on Old South Path on Monday morning, November 21, 2016, at about 8:15 a.m. Melville firefighters arrived to an active basement fire in the single story New York State OPWDD facility with three residents and four employees safely evacuated. “Our firefighters began an aggressive interior attack which contained the fire to the basement,” according to Melville Fire Chief Jason Bernfeld. Forty firefighters using five trucks had the blaze under control within a half hour, with the assistance of the Huntington Manor, Dix Hills and East Farmingdale fire departments. The cause of the fire appears to be accidental in origin but is being jointly investigated by Fire Marshals from the Melville Fire District, New York State Fire Prevention and Control, and the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad. The fire which gutted the basement, left the home uninhabitable. There were no injuries reported.

                            

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