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(Updated: 2:40 p.m.) Firefighters made a quick stop of a house fire at 40 Circle Drive in Jamesport this afternoon.

The two residents safely evacuated the home under heavy smoke conditions. Neither was injured. One firefighter sustained a head injury during firefighting operations, falling over a fire truck’s hose, and was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment. The injury was not life-threatening, according to police.

“Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke and flames coming out of the side of the house around the electrical leader and also from the eaves,” Chief John Andrejack said in an interview afterward. The fire is believed to have started near the electric line coming into the house, the chief said. Riverhead police said the cause of the fire is under investigation by the town fire marshal’s office.

“We were there very quickly and got a hose line up into the attic,” the chief said. “The guys made a very quick stop of this fire and knocked it back before it could spread.”

“Because it’s arguably the hottest day of the year, we called Riverhead, Mattituck and Cutchogue for assistance, to provide backup because of the heat,” Andrejack said. Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Flanders-Northampton Community Ambulance responded to the scene. The alarm came in at about 12:30 p.m.

“This could have been a lot worse,” the chief said. “Thanks to that first responder crew, we were able to make a quick stop and thanks to our backup departments for being there to assist.

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