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Fire Engulfs Apartment On Main Street

Kings Park resident helps get man to safety.

An afternoon fire on Main Street engulfed a second story apartment sending one man to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The fire, which began at approximately 2:30 p.m. started in a dwelling above

Sergeant Alfano of the Suffolk County Police Department, who was on the scene, said a 51 year-old male was taken to Stony Brook Hospital with second degree burns and non-life threatening injuries.

Glenn McDermott, of Kings Park was headed to on Main Street with his sister, when his sister saw smoke.

“I thought I should probably see what is going on since I just saw the fire department driving to do the Christmas thing,” said McDermott.

“There was an occupant by the door, on the curb, and I noticed that the electrical lines (to the building) were burning and they started sparking heavily,” he said.

McDermott, who said he works in real estate and contraction, said he realized they had little time to move the man to safety.

“I wanted to get the gentleman out of harm's way and the firefighters out of harm's way” said McDermott who, along with firefighters, helped get the man across the street until an ambulance arrived.

“Tiles from the roof had hit the gurney as we were bringing him the gurney and were burning,” said McDermott who described the injured gentleman as very large and said it took him and six firefighters to lift the man into the gurney.

Much of downtown Main Street was shut more than two hours. The Long Island Power Authority was on the scene and cut power to the affected area for about two hours. Power in the high school was also cut, forcing a wrestling tournament to be cancelled.

, who were on their annual provided trucks and manpower and were still able to keep Santa on schedule.

East Northport, Smithtown and surrounding companies help assist in putting out the blaze.

This is the second fire this year that occured on Main Street. The fire is under investigation by the Arson Squad.

John J. Gallagher December 18, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Talk about "johnny-on-the-spot" media coverage.....Laura and I were driving out of Kings Park and commented to each other that other Fire Department's equipment (like Smithtown).were also in Kings Park....we wondered if Smittown FD was coming in to "hook up" with the KPFD Annual Santa run...tThanks to Steve and Jennifer for bringing all this to us so quickly....
Peggy Gilmartin December 18, 2011 at 05:34 AM
Smithtown FD was covering KP Fire Dept. while they were having their Annual Christmas Parade.
Maureen Ledden Rossi December 18, 2011 at 06:04 AM
John, I was working at Balance Health & Wellness (25a) when the fire broke out - no sooner did the festive KPFD parade go by westward and within minutes they were racing back to the fire. The response time was phenomenal! I was directing traffic until the police came at the corner of 25A and Astoria Federal - the smoke was thick, black and billowing into the cold winter air. I couldn't leave my station but when I saw the other fire departments I thought it might be a 3 alarmer. I rang Jenn Sloat immediately. After 17 years as a freelance reporter, it took everything in me to not leave my job and run to the fire! We lost power on Main Street. Glad to hear of no fatalities - BRAVO to our brave KPFD and the good samaritan who assisted the victim! THis is a great place to live. Hope the fellow who was injured is well and housing and provisions and clothing can be found for him.
Linda Henninger December 18, 2011 at 03:06 PM
How about the Kings Park Fire Department as Patch's Hometown Heroes? Volunteers running into a burning building or to an accident scene to save lives seems to me to be the very definition of heroics.
John J. Gallagher December 18, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Anybody interested in my sending you copies.....contact me at jgmotivator@optonline.net......I took pictures last night at 11PM of the KPFD apparatus coming along our street (Broadview Drive)....they were here specifically to have Santa visit with some special needs children ........................Unsung heroes = KPFD: .....Merry CHRISTmas.
Kristen December 18, 2011 at 06:57 PM
Props to Smithtown Fire Department for being first on scene.
George McKnight December 22, 2011 at 05:36 PM
BAGEL KING has REOPENED, stop in and visit our local bagel store.
Joseph Pinciaro (Editor) December 23, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Thanks George! We caught up with the shop owner this morning and wrote something up: http://patch.com/A-pDV6 - Joe
Sam December 24, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Are these apartments legal? Its the second fire in less then a year. Living off main street in a private home, we have had our street closed off, our power turned off and sparks and cinderr flying into my back yard. Not to mention the 40 or so people that came out of these buildings (the last fire)---I assume they lived in the what 5 apartments. Is they county/fire commissioner going to inspect these "apartments" before some one dies..?
George McKnight December 24, 2011 at 01:26 AM
The apartments are legal. There are a total of 6 above the two stores. The other fire you spoke of was the building next door which went up a few months back. Accidents happen everyday and we can be thankful nobody got seriously hurt. These are older buildings and when rebuilt we can be happy in knowing they will be brought up to todays code.
JIM December 26, 2011 at 07:56 PM
the apartments are a ghetto. full of welfare and former halfway house residents and phsych patients......there a dumping ground our taxes support......things will keep getting worse............jim

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