Working Fire at Multiple Family Dwelling
By Ex-Chief Michael Wichtendahl
August 16, 2022

The Nesconset Fire Department was activated for a Residential Structure Fire on Smithtown Boulevard at 16:04 on August 16, 2022. The 911 caller who reported the fire stated there was a possible occupant in the 3rd floor apartment.

Initial arriving units found smoke and flames visible on the third floor of a multiple family dwelling. Chief Frank Ragona transmitted the Working Fire and confirmed all occupants were out of the building. Firefighters from Engine 4-4-3 along with firefighters from Ronkonkoma Engine 5-24-10 stretched and operated two 1-3/4” hand lines and established a positive water supply. Mutual aid units from the St. James, Lakeland, Smithtown and Hauppauge Fire Departments assisted with searches, placing a third hand line in service, ventilation, overhaul and securing the fire building. First Responder 4-4-80 and Ambulance 4-4-6A was on scene for EMS and Firefighter Rehab.

All units operated under the command of Chief Ragona and were released from the scene at 17:39. Fire Marshals from the Smithtown Department of Public Safety remained on scene to complete their Fire investigation.

Special Thank You to fire photographers Ron Monteleone, Brittany Rannazzisi and Zak Griffin for contributing to this story.