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On January 7th the Freeport FD responded a working house fire on N Long Beach Ave and Maxson Ave at 15:13 hours. Temperatures at the time were around 5 degrees with wind chills of minus 15 degrees. Arriving units found a very heavy smoke condition with an advanced basement fire. Fire was already extending to the first and second floors, into the attic. There were also reports of people trapped inside. Several handlines were stretched and numerous mutual aid requests were sent out to surrounding departments including Baldwin, Island Park, Long Beach, Oceanside, Point Lookout Lido, North Merrick and Hempstead.
One resident was located on the first floor by a member of Freeport Truck 1 and was transported to South Nassau Hospital in stable condition.
One Freeport Firefighter was injured when a ceiling fell on him and had to be removed from the second floor rear set back via stokes basket and webbing over ground ladders by members of the FAST Team. He was transported in stable condition.
This stubborn smokey fire fought under very cold conditions was declared under control approximately two hours later. Freeport Third Assistant Chief Kenneth VanCott was in charge.
Photos courtesy of Fred Kopf, Louis Minutoli of First on Scene Photo and Ian Brodsky