Efforts to extinguish a raging house fire on Melrose Road Saturday night were complicated by bitter cold, knee-deep snow, and ultimately, ice.
At approximately 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 31, the Dix Hills Fire Department responded to a house fire on Melrose Road, where they battled their third major structure fire of this year.
There were no injuries reported, and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad and Town of Huntington Fire Marshal are investigating.
Under the direction of Chief Robert Fling, with the support of Assistant Chiefs Tom Napolitano, Alan Berkowitz and Joe Williamson, over 50 volunteer firefighters battled through the cold and knee-deep snow to extinguish the blaze. At the time of the fire, temperatures were in the teens and turned everything to ice, creating a very hazardous work environment for firefighters.
The department responded with five trucks, three ambulances, rehab, first responder and paramedic units.
The Melville Fire Department was requested for an additional engine. Huntington Manor supplied a Rapid Intervention Team, and Greenlawn provided standby coverage during the blaze. Suffolk County Fire-Rescue Coordinators were also on the scene assisting.