Firefighters battle Point Lookout blaze


Firefighters rushed to a Point Lookout blaze on Wednesday night where they battled heavy smoke and flames.

The Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department, with assistance from the Long Beach, Island Park, Freeport and Oceanside fire departments, Atlantic Beach Rescue and the Bellmore Merrick EMS, extinguished the fire at around 8 p.m. at a two-story home on Mineola Avenue. The family escaped unharmed, Long Beach Fire Department Chief Joe Miller said, and no injuries were reported. The displaced family plans to move into a local apartment.

Miller said firefighters were on the scene for about two and a half hours, and the house sustained significant damage on the second floor, the roof and the attic.

A tank containing a goldfish was recovered from the house and safely delivered to the family by Long Beach firefighter Robert Burkard.

Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department Chief Brian Guerin said a total of about 50 to 60 firefighters were on the scene, and the operation was under the command of Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department First Assistant Chief Jared Siegelman.

Nassau County Fire Marshals are investigating the cause of the fire, but Miller said it is believed to be electrical. Guerin said the fire is not believed to be suspicious.