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Thursday, November 20, 2014
EFD fights two house fires within three hours
Courtesy Carolyn Stone
A view from the truck: smoke coming from the Opal Street home’s fire filled the air.

The Elmont Fire Department was kept plenty busy on March 4, as two separate house fires erupted within three hours of each other.

The first fire, which occurred at 10:47 a.m. at 1186 Langdon Street, was a basement fire. The second fire started at 1:26 p.m. in the second floor bathroom and spread to the roof attic space of 97 Opal Street. A spokeswoman for the EFD told the Herald that the EFD was at the Opal Street fire site for two hours, and its cause was under investigation by the Nassau County Fire Marshall.

Chief Domenic Francavilla said that the family of five residing at the Opal Street home safely evacuated before the EFD arrived. He reminded neighbors about remaining steadfast in such situations.

“This is a good opportunity for all our neighbors to make sure that their own evacuation plans are in place and practiced with everyone in the home,” he said. “Leaving the home in the event of a fire, as this family did, is the safe thing to do.”

A preliminary assessment of both homes, the spokeswoman said, revealed extensive damage to the Opal Street home and moderate damage to the home on Langdon Street.

Families of both homes are staying with relatives.

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