A firefighter was injured battling a blaze at a house on Main Road in Jamesport this afternoon and two occupants suffered smoke inhalation.
All three people were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center.
The house at 1727 Main Road was fully involved when Jamesport Fire Department responded to the 2:45 p.m. call, Jamesport Chief John Andrejack said.
“There was a heavy fire load coming out of the windows on the west side of the building,” Andrejack said. “We tried an interior attack but were pushed back, so we did a heavy water attack from the exterior.”
A man and a woman escaped from the home but a family cat perished, Andrejack said.
A Mattituck firefighter suffered a hand injury, he said.
Jamesport called Mattituck Fire Department for a ladder truck and Cutchogue, Southold and Riverhead fire departments for manpower, Andrejack said.
Firefighters battled the blaze for about two hours. The Riverhead Town fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.
Firefighting operations closed Main Road between Herricks Lane and Manor Road in Jamesport. Traffic was detoured up those two roads. The closure and detours caused a massive traffic jam on both Main Road and an already congested Sound Avenue, where traffic backed up for miles.
Just before 4 p.m. a motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle in Jamesport contributed to the traffic troubles. The motorcycle operator was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital. Andrejack had no further information about the accident.