Two Halesite firefighters were injured while battling a blaze early Sunday that killed a dog and destroyed a single-family house in Huntington Bay, an official said.
One firefighter suffered a burn and the other complained of “not feeling well,” Halesite Fire Chief Greg Colonna said. Both were taken to Huntington Hospital for treatment and released.
Colonna said the fire broke out at the two-story wood frame house on Bay Drive West shortly after 12:30 a.m. and that when firefighters arrived it was spreading quickly. He said no one was inside the home when firefighters got there.
“There was heavy smoke and flames coming out of the front bay window,” Colonna said. He said that window as well as one on a back door were broken “so a lot of air was getting to [the fire] so it was able to take off.”
Colonna said the fire appears to have started on the first floor at the front of the house in the living room area and that “within moments it was fully involved in fire.”
Firefighters tried to save a dog who remained inside the home but Colonna said it was found dead inside a first floor closet, where it may have gone to escape the blaze.
“The house is destroyed,” Colonna said. “It was amazing what happened with that fire.”
Colonna said it took about an hour and a half to bring the blaze under control with the help of the Centerport, Huntington and Huntington Manor departments.
Suffolk County police arson investigators are working to determine the origin and cause of the fire, Colonna said.