Fire causes 'extensive damage' to South Huntington home

More than 30 firefighters from the Huntington Manor Fire Department battled a fire early Thursday that caused "extensive damage" to a house on Engelke Avenue in South Huntington, the department's chief said.

Fred Steenson Jr. of the Huntington Manor department said 35 firefighters, three engines and two ladder trucks needed about 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which was first seen at about 3 a.m.

Three sleeping occupants of house got out safely when a security officer for the Town of Huntington alerted them by knocking on the front door, Steenson said.


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The officer noticed the flames while he was patrolling Koster Park, across the street from the fire-ravaged home, Steenson said.

"There were flames on the side of the house, and the fire climbed into the attic," Steenson said, adding that the house was left with "extensive damage."

The Dix Hills and Melville departments also assisted.

Steenson said he did not think the fire was suspicious in nature, but the cause is under investigation by the Suffolk County's Arson Squad and the Huntington Town fire marshal.

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