A fire that is believed to have started in a clothes dryer caused extensive damage to a home on Green Knoll Court in Fort Salonga Thursday August 23.
The Northport Fire Department received a 911 call at 10:08 p.m. from the Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) dispatcher reporting the incident as a clothes dryer fire. Northport Fire Department First Assistant Chief Kevin Sheridan was the first one to respond along office. with a Suffolk County police officer.
Chief Sheridan said that when he arrived on Green Knoll Court there were flames visible throughout the house. He called for a full response from the Northport Fire Department to a working fire and that mutual aid was provided by the East Northport, Centerport, Eaton's Neck and Kings Park fire departments.
Chief Sheridan said the fire department initiated an interior attack and had the fire knocked down within 20 minutes. he said firefighters remained at the scene past midnight to make sure that the situation was under control. "They did an excellent job," Chief Sheridan said about the fire fight. "They did an aggressive attack and the bulk of the fire was knocked down in the first 20 minutes of the operation."
On a wooded one acre lot set back far from the street, the home is owned by Kenneth and Catherine Sears. Chief Sheridan said when he arrived at the scene the residents had already evacuated from the house and that they were safe. he said too that none of the firefighters battling the blaze were injured.
The house is a two-story colonial typical of the homes in the neighborhood. Chief Sheridan said it seems to have began in the rear of the house where there was a laundry room and spread throughout the building. He added, though, that the origin cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad and the Town of Huntington Fire Marshals office.
"Obviously," Chief Sheridan said, "it has gained some headway before the fire department was alerted." Chief Sheridan said it was a nice neighborhood, but that it has suffered extensive damage from the fire, both on the interior and the exterior. He said that due to the amount of fire inside the home, all of the drywall had to be ripped down and that the interior will have to be completely rebuilt. On the exterior, he said the building will need new windows, siding and a new roof.
"We are just extremely happy that no one was injured, that everyone was safe and that we were able to get the fire under control quickly," Chief Sheridan said.