The Arson Bomb Squad reports the details of a fire that occurred in Levittown on Thursday, May 15 at 8:35 p.m.
Firefighters work to extinguish flames on the first floor of the home. Photo by Kevin Imm
According to detectives, homeowners on Blacksmith Rd., while in their backyard, observed smoke coming from the kitchen of their residence. The home was fully engulfed with flames and suffered extensive damage. Levittown, North Bellmore, Bethpage, East Meadow and Wantagh Fire Departments responded with over 100 fire personnel and 20 fire trucks to extinguish the fire.
The homeowner, 69, who attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose, suffered from smoke inhalation and was transported to New Island Hospital where he was treated and released. Additionally, three firemen who also suffered from smoke inhalation were taken to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment and were released. One fire captain was admitted for further treatment.
The Red Cross was on scene along with the town building inspector and the County fire marshal. Levittown Fire Police secured the scene and the Levittown Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary provided refreshments at the scene.
Levittown Fire Chief George W. Anderson was in charge of the scene assisted by his Deputy Chiefs Giudice, Fisher and Behrens. Levittown units cleared the scene at 1:40 a.m.
At 6:58 a.m. the following morning, firefighters were called back to the scene after fire flared up again in the smoldering contents. An East Meadow FAST truck was again requested to the scene, in addition to three mutual aid units called in to cover Levittown. More firefighting and overhaul was required to douse the fires. Debris and contents were 10-feet high outside on three sides of the house and much more inside.
The fire is being deemed non-suspicious and the investigation is continuing.
(Owen Magee contributed to this article.)