6 Firefighters Hospitalized After Blaze Rips Through West Islip Home

Photo Credit: Kyle Castain
Photo Credit: Kyle Castain
Six firefighters were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after battling a house fire in West Islip Sunday afternoon, according to Suffolk police. 

Police and firefighters responded to a fire at 664 Pat Drive at around 4 p.m. The people inside the house evacuated and escaped injury, police said. 

The West Islip Fire Department got a hand from four other departments–North Babylon, Babylon, Bay Shore and West Babylon–in fighting the fire. 

Six firefighters were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center–three of them suffering from minor burns and the other three experiencing elevated blood pressure, police said. Police did not specify which departments the injured firefighters were from. 

Arson Squad detectives are investigating the blaze, police said. 
John Epp May 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM
5 Departments? 6 injured? Single family home? C'mon man. Have you seen the scope of our zillion dollar Fire Dept? You've got to be kidding me.
Halford May 26, 2014 at 12:38 PM
You should remember that we have a "volunteer" fire department, it was late Sunday on a holiday weekend. All the equipment on Long Island can't be of any benefit if no one is around to use them.....
Jim May 27, 2014 at 08:37 AM
John Epp - Please post again when you've been on the inside of fully involved structure and have had the roof collapse on you.
Maggie Kent May 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all. Huge thank you to the firefighters that protect us
Andy Craig May 27, 2014 at 07:58 PM
John, you don't seem to understand what you are talking about. The additional departments came in as rapid intervention teams when the previous unit at the scene was put to work. If you were not in a position to understand the structure, fire load and other contributing factors I wouldn't comment on how these volunteers handled this structure fire which was was significantly involved before their arrival. The smoke from this was visible for miles before West Islip was even toned out.


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