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Police, firefighters respond to East Patchogue boat blaze

Three firefighters were injured, one of them hospitalized,

Three firefighters were injured, one of them hospitalized, while battling a boat basin blaze that officials said damaged multiple boats during two separate response calls Tuesday night, Aug. 16, 2016, and again early Wednesday in East Patchogue. Photo Credit: Stringer News Service

Three firefighters were injured, one of them hospitalized, while battling two blazes that officials said damaged “multiple boats” at an East Patchogue marina Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Suffolk County fire officials said they received a call reporting a fire at Patchogue Shores Marina, also known as the Shores Yacht Basin, at 7:12 p.m. Tuesday.

Volunteers from the Hagerman Fire Department in East Patchogue and Suffolk Police Marine Bureau officers responded to the scene on Cornell Road and found boats ablaze from a fire of unknown origin.

Officials said the fire was extinguished but then “rekindled,” possibly in one of the boats, at 2:36 a.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters from Hagerman responded again, this time with assistance from the Bellport department, to put out the blaze.

Photos from the scene show dense smoke on the water. Officials said that because the fire involved fiberglass boats, residents were warned to keep their windows closed for hours. That order was lifted when the smoke cleared, officials said.

Fire officials said at least three firefighters suffered injuries, with one transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for treatment of possible carbon-monoxide poisoning. The condition of that firefighter was unknown.

It was not immediately clear during which of the two incidents the firefighters were injured.

The marina’s owner, Dave Kazmark, told News 12 Long Island that firefighters “saved” the marina.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the Brookhaven Town fire marshal and Suffolk Police Arson Squad. Arson Squad detectives said while the cause of the fires remains “undetermined,” initial indications lead authorities to believe they were noncriminal.

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