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(Updated, 3 p.m.) Firefighters from at least three area departments battled a blaze at a Calverton condominium complex.

Five dwelling units at the Calverton Hills complex were damaged in the fire and the unit where the fire started was a “total loss,” Riverhead Fire Department Chief Tim Corwin said.

Two people were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for smoke inhalation, police said.

Riverhead Fire Department responded to the 8:15 a.m. alarm with at least two engines and a ladder truck. Flanders Fire Department responded to the scene with a tanker truck and Wading River Fire Department responded with an engine. Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded.

A neighboring resident said the fire spread so quickly it was terrifying.

“The fire spread in a matter of minutes,” said Dora Victoria, who lives in a nearby building in the complex. “The smoke was so thick it quickly became hard to see.”

Strong winds today whipped the flames and were a likely factor in how quickly the fire consumed adjoining condo units.

This is a developing story. Check back for more information as it becomes available.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Peter Blasl

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