The Riverhead Fire Department battles a fire at 1535 Middle Road in Calverton. Photo: Peter Blasl

Updated- Sept, 23, 12:45 p.m. with additional information about response to the fire (below.)

Updated — 6 p.m.: The Riverhead Fire Department has wrapped up firefighting operations at the scene of the house fire on Middle Road in Calverton. Riverhead Police have reopened all area roads.

Updated — 4:30 p.m.: The Riverhead Fire Department remains at the scene of a blaze on Middle Road in Calverton. Local roads surrounding the scene remain closed to traffic.

A fire erupted at 1535 Middle Road, located near the intersection of Deep Hole Road and Middle Road, at around 1:40 p.m. The fire appears to have started in a pickup truck parked next to the home and spread to the house, according to fire department personnel at the scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The occupants escaped from the home without injury, according to authorities.

Riverhead Fire Department responded with four engines, one ladder truck and fire police, Riverhead Fire Chief Joseph Hartmann said in a phone interview. Approximately 35 Riverhead volunteer firefighters responded to the alarm, Hartmann said. Flanders Fire Department and Ridge Fire Department responded to the scene on a mutual aid call from Riverhead. Hampton Bays Fire Department responded to Riverhead headquarters to stand by if needed to answer additional calls while Riverhead was at the scene of the working structure fire.

The scene was turned over to the Riverhead Town Fire Marshal’s Office and Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad for investigation.

A video of the Riverhead Fire Department battling a fire at a home in Calverton. Photo: Peter Blasl
Photo: Peter Blasl
Riverhead firefighters battle the start of the fire at 1535 Middle Road. Photo: Peter Blasl
Photo: Peter Blasl
Photo: Peter Blasl

Peter Blasl contributed reporting.

Editor’s note: This article was updated after initial publication to reflect new information.

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