Manhasset-Lakeville F.D. Firefighters Experience "Close-Call" With Lightweight Wood Construction

On Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at 8:05PM, Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Companies 1, 2, 3 and the Ambulance Unit were dispatched to 32 Stone Hill Drive South for a reported house fire. Deputy Chiefs Candan (8704), Kiess (8701), Farrone (8705) and Chief Pisani (8702) all responded within seconds of one another and were all informed that the caller stated their house was on fire. While en route, units received updated information that a second call had been received reporting fire, N.C.P.D. units were on the scene asking for fire department units to “step it up”, and the automatic fire alarm for the residence coming over. Immediately following that transmission Chief Pisani (8702) requested that the Port Washington Fire Department be notified to respond as a Firefighter Assist & Search Team (F.A.S.T.) because with this new information it sounded like units were responding to a working fire.

Deputy Chief Kiess (8701) was the first unit to make entry to the house and advised Deputy Chief Candan (8704) that everyone was out of the house and accounted for and that he had a smoke condition on the first floor and an even heavier smoke condition in the basement with a very strong burning odor. Engine 8740 had a crew in quarters and was the first piece of apparatus on the road and arrived on the scene with Engines 8711 and 8735. All three Companies stretched two 1” ¾ hose lines to the front door of the 5,000+ square foot 2.5-story house. After the hose line was charged, the crews of Engine 8740 and 8711 began to advance into the basement where they encountered high-heat and visible fire.

After knocking down what they believed was the main-body of fire, crews began opening up the surrounding areas of the basement and realized that they in fact had a well-developed advanced fire which was already in the walls and ceiling before their arrival. At the same time, crews operating inside the house on the first floor now had visible fire extending through the floor boards and realized that the first floor was becoming spongy and starting to sag in certain locations. In the front foyer, the floor actually began to tear away from the wall. After observing this, Deputy Chief Candan (8704) transmitted an “urgent” message and had all members evacuate from the structure immediately, as it was now obvious that the light weight wood construction of the house was beginning to fail and the results would be catastrophic. Seconds after the last member exited the structure the entire front foyer area of the first floor collapsed into the basement and was engulfed in flames. Shortly thereafter, the rest of the entire first floor failed and the fire rapidly began to consume the rest of the structure.

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Manhasset-Lakeville F.D. Extinguishes New Year’s Day Basement Fire

On Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 at 10:02PM, Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Companies 1 and 2 were dispatched to the “Our Lady of Grace Convent” at 29 Shelter Rock Road in North Hills for an alarm sounding and odor of smoke.  Deputy Chief Kiess (8701) was the first unit to arrive on the scene and advised the other incoming units that he had a smoke condition on the first floor of the convent with a strong burning odor.  After continuing his search for the source of the smoke condition, Deputy Chief Kiess located a fire in the boiler room of the very large convent.  Upon hearing Deputy Chief Kiess’s transmissions, Chief of Department Pisani (8702) transmitted a “Signal 10” for a working fire.

The transmission of the working fire added Manhasset-Lakeville F.D. Company #3, the Ambulance Unit and the Port Washington Fire Department for a Firefighter Assist and Search Team (FAST) to the initial alarm assignment.  The crew of Engine 8712 stretched a hose line to the boiler room to extinguish the fire, while the crew of Quint 8728 performed searches and vented.  A second hose line was stretched to a room adjacent to the boiler room where there was minor extension.  All visible fire was knocked down within ten minutes and crews from Companies 1, 2 and 3 performed overhaul to ensure that all fire was extinguished.  The Nassau County Fire Marshal’s office was notified for an immediate investigation and all units were released from the scene within an hour.

Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department units on the scene included Engines 8712, 8711, 8725, 8735, 8733; Quint 8728 and Tower Ladder 8724; Heavy Rescue 8730; Ambulances 8768 and 8769; Fire Police Unit Van 8790; Chiefs Pisani (8702), Farrone (8705), Kiess (8701) and Candan (8704).

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Manhasset-Lakeville F.D. Extinguishes Election Day House Fire

On Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 6:16PM, Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Companies 3, 4, 5 and the Ambulance Unit were dispatched to 46-24 Arcadia Lane for a reported house fire. The first unit to arrive on scene reported that there was smoke showing with the homeowner reporting a fire in their basement. Shortly thereafter, a “Signal 10” was transmitted for a working fire in the basement of a 2.5-story private dwelling.

Engine 8740 was the first piece of apparatus on the scene and its crew stretched a 1” ¾ hose line to the basement and knocked down the main body of fire within a few minutes. The fire managed to extend out of the basement via a pipe chase to both the first and second floors of the house. A second 1” ¾ hose line was stretched by the crew of Engine 8735 to extinguish any extension on the two upper floors. The crews of Quint 8728 and Ladder 8743 vented and performed searches on all floors, which were negative with the exception of a dog. An extensive amount of overhaul was performed to ensure that all fire was extinguished and the fire was placed under control within forty minutes.

The Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company provided a F.A.S.T. with Ladder 8312 and the Port Washington Fire Department provided Ambulance 8546 for EMS coverage during the fire. One firefighter was transported with minor injuries, as was one occupant. The Nassau County Fire Marshal’s office was notified for an immediate investigation and is currently investigating the cause of the fire. All units were released from the scene by Deputy Chief Farrone (8705) within one and half hours.

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