Photo: Courtesy Riverhead Fire Department

Fire tore through a long-abandoned house on Flanders Road in Riverside last night.

The Riverhead Fire Department responded to a call for a structure fire at 43 Flanders Road, just east of the traffic circle at 9:55 p.m. Wednesday.

“The house was fully involved in flames when we arrived on scene,” Riverhead Fire Department Chief Joe Hartmann said.

The house was boarded up and located close to another boarded-up building on the north side of the road, across from the McDonald’s restaurant.

There was another, smaller fire at the same location about 10 years ago, Hartmann said. The house was vacant and boarded up at that time also, Hartmann said.

Riverhead responded with two aerials, three pumpers, three engines and its patrol truck and approximately 70 firefighters, Hartmann said. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire spreading to the adjacent structure. They were on scene about 90 minutes, the chief said.

Flanders Fire Department responded to the scene on Riverhead’s request for mutual aid and Jamesport Fire Department stood by at Riverhead’s headquarters, Hartmann said. Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance also stood by at the scene.

The property is owned by a limited liability company called 43 Flanders Road LLC, registered to an address in Lynbrook. The tax bills are sent to the company at the same Lynbrook address.

The LLC bought the property in September 2018 for $100,000 from the prior owner, an individual who bought the property in 2017 for $19,434 from Suffolk County, which had taken title in 2015 for back taxes.

There were no reported injuries at the scene. The fire department turned it over to the Southampton Town Fire Marshal’s Office.

Photo: Courtesy Riverhead Fire Department
Photo: Courtesy Riverhead Fire Department

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