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Firefighters Battle Lakeview House Fire During Snowstorm

Fire breaks out in child's bedroom inside Glen Road home.

As a thick blanket of snow fell Monday night, local firefighters also fought through heavy smoke and fire inside a Lakeview home.

The Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department were the first to respond to the working house fire at 31 Glen Rd. around 8 p.m. The occupants of the home were able to escape without any injuries. The older sister rescued the younger brother while calling 911 on her cell as she was coming down the stairs, according to Lakeview Fire Chief Heather Senti.

When the firefighters stepped inside, they were met with heavy smoke throughout the home. The crews made their way to a child's bedroom on the second floor, where they found a heavy fire condition that extended into the walls and attic area. They extinguished the blaze in under nine minutes.

Volunteer fire departments from West Hempstead, Malverne, and Rockville Centre also provided mutual aid. The fire may have been caused by overloaded electrical outlets.

Robert J. Pape, Jr. January 22, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Job well done. The family got out safely, the first responders went home safely after a fast and efficient knock down of the fire.
Thomas Nathan January 22, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Did a fire that took 9 minutes to extinguish really require 4 different fire departments to show up?
Tom Gruber January 22, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Mr. Nathan - Thank you for your question. The amount of help was definitely not overkill. First off, knocking the fire down is only one task. The firefighters still have to ensure the fire is all the way out, search for possible extension of fire to other parts of the house and clear the house of smoke. Under ideal conditions, this is very taxing. Add the snowstorm, it's many times worse. Extra help was requested to assist with firefighting actions, to have a dedicated rescue crew on scene in case something went wrong, and to provide a rehab station for the firefighters. In addition, other fire companies were called to stand by in Lakeview in case their was another emergency. Lastly, if the person in charge thinks they might need extra help, it is always better to call for assistance right away. Better to have extra manpower there and not need them instead of needing the help and having to wait for it. Again, the storm increases the response time of help, so asking for it early on is a smart move. I hope this helps explain the situation.
Tom Gruber January 22, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Just to clarify - I am a former volunteer firefighter and not a member of any of the departments involved.
Thomas Nathan January 22, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Tom While I appreciate the clarification - it would still appear to be overkill to call in all those companies for a house fire. Now my assumption is based on the thought they are called after Lakeview arrives at the scene and has assesed the fire needs. In fact it would seem that the fire companies probably arrived after the fire was extinguished. Of course the article is a little light on some of the details like how many firefighters from Lakeview were responding so if there is a light response from lakeview again I understand the need for other departments. But it does seem over and over the number of companies called for mutual aid appears excessive (of course its based on the limited information in the article). I have to rule out the snowstorm as an excuse because this was hardly a storm.
Dave January 23, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Mr. Nathan, You need to either get a life or join a fire department to really understand what is going on. And if you are part of a fire dept already, g-d help your fire dept.
J. amlett January 23, 2013 at 04:41 AM
@ Dave, I totally agree with u...Amen
Tom Garrett January 23, 2013 at 02:05 PM
@ Dave Agreed and the Outcome in the end was what everyone that finds themselves in that situation prays for!
Thomas Nathan January 23, 2013 at 03:39 PM
@Dave Sure I could join the local volunteers and see that they get all the uneeded bells and whistles on a fire truck at taxpayers expense. Firetrucks are replaced before they are needed. Don't forget all the department dinners and the big Installation dinner, the uneeded trips to Baltimore and many other taxpayer funded finge benefits.
BigIdeas January 23, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Are you for real?
S.M. January 24, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Every party has a valid argument here. Volunteer FDs do have PR problems when for example, a new rig is purchased. I live in a small village, 6 blocks, no tall structures and a population of 2300 in western nassau county. 99% residential private homes. Why did my village, at the FDs request, go out and buy a brand new hook and ladder when the equipment on hand was only 15 years old and sparingly used. The tallest structure in the village is the village hall which is attached to the firehouse. It should bother already over taxed residents when there is nothing wrong with the sparingly used equipment on hand and the village board approves a purchase of this magnitude. Totally unnecessary. As for trips taken by members of the service, I don't see an issue with it. I'm not getting out of bed leaving my family in the middle of the night when the bell sounds. Remember, they are VOLUNTEERS. Baltimore? What a dump.

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