VIDEO: A fire ripped through through a home in Hempstead early Monday morning, leaving at least one person dead.
The flames broke out at the home on Front Street around 6:30 a.m., sending 55 Hempstead firefighters to tackle the blaze at the three-story house.
"I couldn't believe it, I was like wow," eyewitness Shawn Smith said. "I was sleeping, and I came out to see what was going on."
Firefighters found a woman dead inside the home and also removed a man who suffered serious burn injuries.
"One fatality that's still in the house and one burn victim serious condition that was transported UMNC," Hempstead Fire Marshal Michael Utaro said.
As some firefighters worked to contain the fire, others had to perform rescues of others inside the home.
"The fire was contained relatively quickly by the fire department," Utaro said.
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PHOTOS: Newer members of the Riverhead Volunteer Fire Department faced a training course meant to simulate the different obstacles they’d come across during a rescue inside a burning building.
In the department’s Roanoke Avenue headquarters, around 15 members of the volunteer service, fully equipped with fire protection gear, weaved through wooden obstacles, squeezed through tight spaces and even simulated getting a wall dropped on them — all blindfolded — during the specialized course created by Long Island firefighters on Sunday morning.
Most of what is done during the course is what these recently minted firefighters already learned during their initial training classes, First Assistant Chief William Renten explained.
The same siren that had signaled a three-alarm fire since 1951 in Cambridge sounded for one last time Sunday evening. The Village Fire Department’s five vehicles responded just like they always would—except this time, they came back home to the old firehouse.
Firefighters sprung from their trucks and walked into the 71-year-old building through its open bay doors. After a brief moment of silence, the siren blew one last time, the firefighters walked out, and the bays were shut for good.
The trucks then made their way back down East Main, turned right onto Gilbert Street, and backed into their new home. As they entered their new station, which had been in the works for over 20 years, all was quiet in the Washington County town.
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For the first time in three years, the FASNY Firefighter Museum in Hudson was swarming
with dalmatians and children on Saturday.
The annual Dalmatian Day program was not held in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns.
The free event returned Saturday morning and was visited by more than 1,500 children and their families,
said Jamie Smith Quinn, executing director of the museum.
Dalmatian Day is listed as the largest one-day fire safety event in New York State, Quinn said.
The annual event was held on Columbus Day weekend, every year since it’s inception in 2006 through 2019.
Last year, organizers still were not comfortable holding the event due to ongoing COVID pandemic
concerns. They decided to hold a smaller event, Trunk or Treat, on Halloween weekend, which turned out
to be a huge success.
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Former Menands Fire Chief Stephen Lukovits passed away on September 16 at age 86. Lukovits—originally from Astoria, Queens—moved to Hoags Corners with his siblings and parents as a child, where he started his career as a volunteer firefighter.
Born on Oct. 13, 1936, Lukovits graduated high school in 1954 and enlisted in the Navy shortly after, where he was a Navy Corpsman. He was also stationed with the Marines as a corpsman, before being honorably discharged in 1958. Lukovits worked with his father as a house painter before being hired as the Superintendent of Park Lane Apartments in Menands.
He became a volunteer firefighter in Hoags Corner, and later in Menands, where he rose through the ranks to become fire chief. Lukovits was also Car 8 in the town of Colonie and was in charge of the fire police.
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Monday was Graduation Day for a new class of first responders in New York.
Acting fire commissioner Laura Kavanagh presided at the graduation ceremony for 153 emergency medical technicians and six paramedics.
The EMTs have completed 13 weeks at the EMS academy, training in everything from CPR and medical trauma assessment to emergency childbirth.
"At every turn, the impact of the life-saving work that you do can be felt in every corner of the city, even decades after the fact. This is difficult work, but it is noble, it is courageous, and it is brave, and it will change lives, as we've seen here today," Kavanagh said.
The new EMTs and paramedics will be assigned to units throughout New York City.
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