On Monday, October 27th, 2014 at approximately 4:20PM, Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Companies 4 and 5 were dispatched to a residence on Lake Road in the Village of Lake Success for an automatic fire alarm activation. The M-LFD responds to these types of alarm activation numerous times a week, and they are for the most part, false or erroneous alarm activation's. Every now and then, an automatic alarm turns out to be something a bit more.
Deputy Chief Garrigan (8703) was the first unit to respond to the call and was advised by the dispatcher of a general automatic alarm signal received through the alarm company. Deputy Chief Garrigan arrived on the scene four minutes later and reported that he had “smoke showing from the attic vents” and immediately requested that the incident be upgraded to a structure fire, which added Company #3 to the original assignment.
Ladder 8743 and Engine 8758 were the first two pieces of apparatus to arrive on the scene. A 1” ¾ hose line was stretched off Engine 8758 and used to extinguish a fire contained to a bedroom on the second floor of the 2-story split-ranch private dwelling. While the crew of Engine 8758 quickly extinguished the contents fire, the crew from Ladder 8743 performed searches, vented and placed portable ladders. A second precautionary hose line was stretched by the crews of Engine 8740 and 8756, but was not charged.
The Nassau County Fire Marshal’s office was notified for an immediate response and is investigating the cause of the fire. All units were released from the scene by Chief of Department Farrone (8705) by 5:30PM.