A fire at a home on Driving Park Avenue in Lynbrook on Friday is being investigated by the Nassau County fire marshal and Lynbrook's Building Department, as it appeared that an illegal bedroom may have existed in the basement, where the fire originated.
The Lynbrook Fire Department, under the command of Chief Raymond Burke, was dispatched to the home at 10:45 p.m. for a reported basement fire. Burke was first on the scene, and he broadcasted a Signal 10 for a working fire as heavy smoke emitted from windows on the first and second floors of the home.
Lynbrook Tally-Ho Engine 423 was the first truck on the scene and stretched two lines to the front door. One line was taken down the basement stairs to a bedroom, which was on fire. When firefighters entered the house, three male occupants were found inside and escorted out. Vulcan Company 422, which had arrived as Tally-Ho was dropping its attack lines, dropped a feeder line from Ocean Avenue and supplied water to Tally-Ho.
When Truck Company 428 arrived, firefighters ventilated the smoke and began an immediate search of the home after FIRECOM notified all units of a possible missing person in the home. This was unfounded as all occupants had already been removed from the house.
After the fire was knocked down with the hose line, Truck Company members pulled walls and ceilings in the basement so that hot spots could be extinguished and to make sure that the fire did not extend beyond the basement ceiling and wall area. The other Lynbrook fire units stood-by.
In addition, the Malverne Fire Department sent a fast team to the scene while the East Rockaway and Rockville Centre Fire Departments sent an engine and ladder, respectively, to stand-by to cover other Lynbrook alarms.
Before Lynbrook firefighters left, members of the Lynbrook Building Department were on scene, conducting their own investigation of the home. Lynbrook firefighters were at the scene till after 12:30 a.m. One firefighter was injured.
This article was submitted by Steve Grogan, Ex-Captain of the Lynbrook Fire Department.