Fire Damages Crestwood Day Camp

By Andrew Wroblewski

awroblewski@longislandergroup.com

A fire engulfs a structure at the Crestwood Day Camp in Melville last Thursday.

A fire engulfs a structure at the Crestwood Day Camp in Melville last Thursday.

A fire engulfed a structure at the Crestwood Day Camp in Melville last Thursday night, causing heavy damage, fire officials said.

Melville Fire Department Assistant Chief Jason Bernfeld said an emergency call came in at around 6:23 p.m.

Bernfeld said one of the camp’s maintenance garages was fully engulfed when he arrived at the scene. He said that liquids and other flammable objects, including an uncapped propane tank in the garage could have contributed to the fire’s intensity. The engulfed garage was connected to classrooms and another garage, Bernfeld said.

“Luckily enough, there was a fire wall between the classrooms and the garage,” he said. “Because of this, there was minimal damage to the classrooms.”

Along with Melville, the Huntington Manor, Dix Hills, Greenlawn, Plainview, East Farmingdale and Farmingdale Village fire departments also responded.

The fire was under control by 7:04 p.m.

The camp, located at 313 Round Swamp Road, was unoccupied at the time of the fire. There were no reported injuries.

An investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad and the Town of Huntington fire marshal was ongoing as of Monday, but police said the cause of the fire appears to be non-criminal.