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Second Street fatal fire

Townhouse apartments planned for E. Second St. site of home destroyed in 2021 fatal fire

by Feb 14, 2024
Eight new townhouse apartments are planned for the East Second Street site of a historic home destroyed in a 2021 fire that killed five people.

Another wrongful death action brought against Riverhead Town on behalf of victims in fire that killed five people in November 2021

by Aug 23, 2023
The father of the 16-year-old girl who was killed in a November 2021 house fire on East Second Street has brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the Town of Riverhead and the owner of the home.

Owner of home where five family members were killed in a fast-moving fire pleads guilty to town code violations for lack...

by Jun 7, 2023
The owner at the home of the time of the fire that killed five family members trapped in a third-floor apartment has pleaded guilty to renting three apartments in the Second Street home without permits and assessed penalties totaling $1,500.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against town and landlord on behalf of Second Street fire victims

by Feb 13, 2023
The estates of two people who died in the 2021 Second Street house fire filed a lawsuit last week against Riverhead Town and the property owner, alleging that both parties’ “negligence” and “recklessness” in maintaining the safety of the property contributed to the victims’ deaths.

One year later: Community remembers the five family members killed in Second Street blaze

Community members gathered on East Second Street last night for a vigil in memory of the five members of the Rivera family, who perished in a house fire one year ago.

Century-old home on Second Street, where blaze killed five people last November, is demolished

by Oct 17, 2022
The home on Second Street where five people perished in a fire last November was demolished today, on the eve of a scheduled Town Board public hearing on whether the charred remains of the historic three-story residence was an "unsafe structure" requiring demolition.

Five victims in fatal fire were trapped in third-floor bedroom where they sought refuge from flames

by Apr 18, 2022
The five family members who died in the Nov. 16 fire on East Second Street in Riverhead were trapped in a front bedroom of the third-floor rental apartment, where they had apparently sought refuge from the flames that engulfed the home.

Trapped by blaze, five people died in third-floor apartment that lacked second means of egress

by Mar 10, 2022
Town officials say a letter of pre-existing use issued in 2009 exempted the Second Street House from state law and regulations requiring a second means of egress from the third-floor apartment. Inconsistencies in town records obtained through the Freedom of Information Law raise questions.

Cops: Cigarettes caused deadly house fire on East Second Street

by Mar 3, 2022
Cigarettes caused the deadly house fire on East Second Street Nov. 16, the Suffolk County Police Department said today.

Riverhead commenced prosecution for expired rental permits three weeks before fatal fire

by Feb 2, 2022
Riverhead Town served three criminal summonses on the owner of the four-family house on East Second Street just three weeks before the late-night blaze on Nov. 16 destroyed the home and killed a family of five living in the third-floor apartment.