Huntington Fire Department volunteers spent much of Saturday battling fires, starting with an afternoon fire originating from a landscaping truck, and then an evening house fire from which firefighters rescued three dogs.
Firefighters first were alerted at 1:45 p.m. to the landscaping truck fire, which occurred on Lloyd Point Drive in the Village of Lloyd Harbor, according to fire officials. First arriving units found a landscaping box truck fully engulfed in flames on the driveway of a residence. Crews from two engines battled the blaze, which totally consumed the truck.
Units were under the command of Chief Jesse Cukro, who was assisted by deputy chiefs Rob Conroy and Brian Keane. The Lloyd Harbor Police Department and Town of Huntington Spill Response were also on the scene. There were no reported injuries.
Later the same day, Huntington Fire Department dispatch was alerted at 7:58 p.m. to a Clinton Avenue house fire, officials said. Firefighters arrived to find the rear of the home ablaze, with extension to the attic and second floor, as well as a detached garage. Huntington firefighters attacked the blaze, and were able to rescue three dogs, who were uninjured.
Huntington was assisted by the Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington Manor and Melville fire departments. The Huntington Community First Aid Squad provided EMS support, with the Centerport Fire Department standing by for coverage in Huntington.
A total of 50 firefighters using eight trucks had the fire under control within an hour. They were led by Chief Jesse Cukro and operations support of deputy chiefs Rob Conroy, Brian Keane and Scott Dodge. There were no injuries reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Suffolk Police Arson Squad and Huntington Town Fire Marshal.