Valley Stream firefighters battle residential blazes


Just after midnight on April 14, Valley Stream Fire Department officials were alerted by Nassau County Fire Communications to smoke in the area on Cochran Place. A garage, it was soon determined, had caught fire. Assistant Fire Chiefs Kyle O’Brien and Michael Colucci led firefighters to use a saw to cut open the garage before a hose line was able to knock down the flames. Engine 343 and Tower Ladder 345 were first on the scene and mutual aid was received from the Elmont Fire Department.

On April 9, before 10 p.m., Valley Stream fire officials were alerted to a reported house fire on East Ave. Firefighters quickly spotted the fire in a bedroom and quickly extinguished the flames with water cans. Engine 344 and Ladder 346 were first one the scene. All operations were under the command of newly installed Fire Chief Anthony Capone.