On Wednesday Janaury 23, 2013 the Port Jefferson Fire Department responded to a reported commerical strucutre fire at 408 Main St.
Upon arrival of 1st Assistant Chief Dave Williams a working fire was transmitted. The first floor of the commerical strip contained a florist and real estate agency with apartments above. Adjacent to the florist is the popular Port Jefferson Theater Three. Surrounding businesses and apartments were evacuated as a precuation.
Upon arrival of the 1st due Port Jefferson Engine, the crew entered the building and encountered flames during the process of pulling ceilings in order to search for the fire. A line was put in action and extinguished the fire which originated in the basement and ran up a common wall to the second floor.
Chief Williams immedaitly requested mutual aid to the scene from Terryville FD for one Ladder, Mount Sinai Fire Department for an engine and a rescue and Setauket FD. Due to the promixmety of the firehouse and the fire scene Setauket was asked to to standby at Port Jefferson Headquarters on Maple Place with one engine.
Quick action on behalf of the first crew prevented this from becoming a much more complex fire. No injuries were reported to either occupants or firefighters at the scene. Approximently 25 to 30 firefighters assisted in the firefighting operation. Port Jefferson Volunteer Ambulance Corp stood by as EMS at scene.
"I had full confidence in my firefighters in the rapid extinguishment of this fire," said Port Jefferson Fire Department Assistant Chief Williams.
The Port Jefferson Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.