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Early Morning Fire on Dorchester Road

Updated: Feb 21




In the early hours of February 20 a house fire ignited at 19 Dorchester Road, Smithtown. Starting in the garage, the blaze extended to the main living area and attic. The incident, activated at 0345 hours, required a quick response from local fire departments, led by Smithtown Fire Department. Chief Timothy Duckham arrived first, upgrading the alarm to a working fire and calling for mutual aid. Engine 4-2-3 quickly attacked the garage fire while securing water, followed by Engine 4-2-4 stretching a line through the front door to slow fire spread, with Engine 4-2-5 assisting with opening up to access the attic. Nesconset FD provided a ladder truck and conducted primary searches. Assistant Chiefs Daniel Dongvort, Andrew Kelly, and Joseph Palazzo coordinated operations under Chief Duckham’s command. Around 75 firefighters battled freezing conditions, bringing the fire under control within an hour. Also on scene were ambulance 4-2-62 and 65 assisting with fire fighters rehab. Mutual aid was provided by Nesconset, Hauppauge, St. James, Commack, and Kings Park Fire Departments. Nissequogue and Central Islip Fire Departments covered the district, with EMS support from Central Islip-Hauppauge Ambulance Corps and Stony Brook Fire Department. Occupants safely evacuated, with no reported injuries. The fire’s cause is under investigation by Town of Smithtown Fire Marshal’s Office and Suffolk County Police Arson Squad. Chief Duckham praised firefighters’ bravery and professionalism despite harsh conditions, expressing pride in their dedication.


Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla (IG: @_buffnation)

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