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House fire in Asharoken
The Northport Fire Department responded to an early morning blaze that damaged a home at 2 Beach Plum Drive in Asharoken on Tuesday.The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, which was reported to authorities at 5:20 a.m. by an automatic fire alarm. Northport firefighters and Asharoken Police arrived to find a working fire with flames coming from the roof. Mutual aid was requested for an additional engine from the Eaton's Neck Fire Department, and a Rapid Intervention Team from the Centerport Fire Department. About 55 firefighters battled the blaze with eight pieces of apparatus, and had the fire under control within 15 minutes. Firefighters were on the scene for about two hours dousing hot spots and checking for extension. Northport Fire Chief Robert "Beefy" Varese directed fireground operations, with Assistant Chiefs John McKenna and Chris Hughes. The fire appears to be accidental in nature and caused by a malfunction of the home's heating system. It is under investigation by the Asharoken Police Department and the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad. There were no injuries reported. Photo and text by Steve Silverman, public information officer for the Town of Huntington Fire Chief's Council.