Home Police & Fire Breaking News Riverhead firefighters stop blaze at soundfront condo complex overnight

Riverhead firefighters stop blaze at soundfront condo complex overnight

Photo: Thomas Lambui

Riverhead firefighters stopped a fire that broke out at a soundfront condominium complex in Baiting Hollow overnight.

The fire at a unit on Bluffs Drive North at the Knolls at Fox Hill was reported just before 2:20 a.m.

Officials believe the blaze originated on the exterior of the two-story building. The fire extended up the side of the building into the soffit and then extended into the attic area, causing heavy damage to the second-floor unit.

No injuries were reported and the Riverhead fire marshal’s office is investigating.

Riverhead Police said the fire does not appear to be of suspicious origin.

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“There was heavy fire showing when we pulled up,” Riverhead Fire Chief Peter Jackman said. “The first-in engine company did a good job of getting in and knocking it down.”

Damage was contained to the second-floor unit where the fire started and the unit below it, Jackman said. “Fortunately, it didn’t extend any further to the east.”

The site is a densely developed condominium complex built along the bluffs of the L.I. Sound in Baiting Hollow in the early 1990s. There are at least two other dwelling units in the same structure and other multi-unit structures very close by.

About 50 Riverhead volunteer firefighters responded to the call, with four engines and a ladder truck, Jackman said.

A rapid intervention team from Flanders Fire Department responded to assist RFD. Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps stood by at the scene. Riverhead Fire Department Fire Police Patrol and Riverhead Town Police also responded.

Photo: Thomas Lambui