Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps member John Mazzucca administers oxygen to one of the cats that escaped a house fire this morning in Glenwood Village. Riverhead Fire Department Ex-Capt. Jay McCue holds the cat for treatment. Photo: Peter Blasl

Riverhead firefighters made a quick stop of a house fire in the Glenwood Village community this morning.

The fire broke out in one of the bedrooms of the home at about 8:40 a.m. The homeowner’s quick thinking helped to contain the fire, Riverhead Fire Chief Peter Jackman said. She closed the door to the bedroom before exiting the house, he said.

The woman and her two cats escaped from the home and were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Riverhead Fire Marshal Craig Zitek said.

Riverhead firefighter FF Erica Moncada with the second cat rescued from a fire Tuesday morning in Glenwood Village. Courtesy photo
Firefighters at the scene of a fire in Glenwood Village Tuesday morning. Photo: Peter Blasl

Peter Blasl contributed reporting.


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