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UPDATE: Calverton Home Ravaged By Fire 'A Total Loss'

Firefighters believe a cat and bird may have been lost in the blaze.

UPDATE: 9:05 p.m.: Riverhead Volunteer Fire Department Second Assistant Chief Kevin Brooks said a Sunday evening fire in Calverton left a home completely gutted.

"It's a total loss," he said.

Brooks said he got to the scene quickly and found the home "fully engulfed," although no one was inside. A woman and man, Brooks said, are believed to have escaped the fire.

"This was a big fire, we had to have a lot of water," Brooks said. "The guys did a great job."

Brooks said responders were on the scene for a total of three hours.

Although firefighters were able to save a dog from inside the house, as well as some chickens they found on the north side of the home, Brooks said a cat and a bird may have been lost.

Heavy winds, Brooks said, may have been a factor. "There was a pretty good wind on the north end, like there always is up there," he said. "It just took off."

The Riverhead fire marshal is investigating the incident, Brooks said.

Original story: Riverhead Volunteer Fire Department responders were on the scene of a "fully engulfed structure fire," located at 358 Twoomey Avenue in Calverton, at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday, according to Riverhead police.

Police said the fire was ongoing and no serious injuries had been reported. 

The fire was the second in Calverton over the weekend. According to Suffolk County Police, units responded to a fire, called in at 2:56 p.m, at 105 Hill Spur, in Calverton Hills. The home, police said, was occupied by family pets, which were removed by the  Riverhead Volunteer Fire Department.

After an investigation by the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshall, the fire was deemed non-suspicious and non-criminal, police said.

Stay tuned to Patch for more details on Sunday's fire as they become available.

Ranger Sewer January 21, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Pray for the Fireman, Police and all who are involved helping out a neighbor.
Beatpatsback January 21, 2013 at 05:00 PM
How do you call it a great job when the entire structure was lost? Also is it normal to lose your ladder truck by burying it over a foot in the front yard and having to have it towed out? Isn't the ladder truck over 90ft. long and could have easily reached from the road with the deck gun? Why put all the volunteers at risk with hoses when you have more volume by using your deluge guns in a total loss situation? A collapse could have injured or killed the volley's!!!!!
Dennis January 22, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Beatpatsback I doubt you will get an answer to some great questions..I dont believe they have to anyone to answer to...Worse case scenario, might have to raise the taxes for more/better racing trucks...oops typo error firetruck

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