Update (Dec. 2, 5 a.m.):

Yesterday’s fire at the Doctors Path apartment complex appears to have been accidental in origin, Riverhead Police said after a preliminary investigation. The investigation by police and the Riverhead fire marshal continues, police said in a press release last night.

The fire displaced the residents who live in the apartment damaged in the fire. Police said Deborah M. Swann, 50, and her son Bobby Wilson Jr., 22, were relocated by the Red Cross.

Original story:

Riverhead firefighters made a quick stop of a fire in an apartment on Doctors Path this afternoon.

The fire apparently started in a bedroom of a second-floor apartment, Riverhead Fire Chief Joe Raynor said.

2014_1201_fire_doctors_pathPolice and firefighters evacuated the building upon responding to the alarm at about 3:45 p.m. About 35 Riverhead vols turned out to fight the fire. They quickly contained it to one bedroom.

“A mattress burnt up – we’re just not sure of the fire’s origin yet,” Riverhead Fire Department First Assistant Chief Kevin Brooks said.

No one was injured in the incident. Raynor said the bedroom itself sustained “quite a bit of damage.”

The Riverhead fire marshal was called to investigate and Riverhead police detectives were also being called to the scene, Brooks said.

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