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Feb 9, 2012 3:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Firefighter Injured Battling Hampton Bays Blaze

Feb 10, 2012 4:04 PM

UPDATE: 3 p.m.

Approximately 61 firefighters from various East End companies were on hand on Thursday to fight the fire on Fanning and Ponquogue Avenues in Hampton Bays. One of the first firefighters on the scene was Hampton Bays Fire Chief John Tedesco, who described a fully-involved structure fire.

Immediately, an initial search was conducted of the residence to ensure that all occupants had been safely evacuated from the building. Once inside, firefighters assessed the building as too dangerous, and all personnel were ordered to evacuate the structure.

While leaving the house, one of the residents who had re-entered the house to save a pet, climbed out of a second-story window and was helped to the ground by firefighters. He was never in any immediate danger, Mr. Tedesco said.

According to Mr. Tedesco, the blaze was under control within approximately a half-hour, and firefighters were on the scene for two and a half hours.

Two firefighters were taken to Southampton Hospital from the scene of the fire. The first firefighter was conducting exterior work around the house when he started complaining of chest pain. He was brought to Southampton Hospital where he was held overnight for observation. An update on his condition was not available.

The other firefighter was injured after the fire, when equipment was being moved back to the Hampton Bays Firehouse. The firefighter fell at the station and hurt his ribs. He was also transported to Southampton Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released. He was back at work on Friday, according to Mr. Tedesco.

UPDATE: Friday, 10:15 a.m.

A second firefighter was injured while battling Thursday’s fire in Hampton Bays after falling at the scene, according to Southampton Town Fire Marshal John Rankin.

Mr. Rankin said Friday morning that he did not know the severity of the injury, or which department the hurt firefighter belongs to.

He also confirmed that four people were inside the house, located on the northeast corner of Fanning and Ponquogue avenues, at the time of the fire. None of the occupants was injured, Mr. Rankin said.

He also said that fire marshals are still investigating the cause of the blaze, though it is not considered suspicious at this time. Southampton Town Police have said the fire started outside of the three-story home at 33 Ponquogue Avenue.

Mr. Rankin explained that several muffled explosions heard while firefighters were battling the flames were caused by household chemicals. He added that a propane tank located to the back of the house exploded, as the did the tires of the three cars parked next to the house at the time.

Hampton Bays Fire Department Chief John Tedesco was not available for comment.

UPDATE: Friday, 9:15 a.m.

According to a press release sent out by the Southampton Town Police Department on Thursday night, one firefighter was transported from the scene to Southampton Hospital and treated for chest pains. His condition was unknown at the time of the release.

According to the release, a call was received by 911 operators at 3:12 p.m. that a house on the corner of Fanning Avenue and Ponquogue Avenue was on fire.

The house has three apartments, all of which were occupied at the time the fire started, police said. All occupants and pets safely evacuated the building, the release notes

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but officials believe the blaze started outside of the home and ignited the house.

The Hampton Bays, East Quogue, Quogue, Southampton Village and Flanders fire departments all assisted in fighting the fire, and the Hampton Bays and Flanders ambulance companies were on the scene.

During the fire, local roadways and the Long Island Rail Road were shut down, police said.

UPDATE: 3:56 p.m.

Chris Raymos, a retired Fire Department of New York firefighter, was on the scene right after the fire broke out and conducted a search of the second floor of the home before being told to leave by the Hampton Bays Fire Department, he said at the scene.

While there, an older gentleman climbed out of the second floor window of the home onto a first floor roof, where he was assisted down by Hampton Bays firefighters.

According to Ryan Murphy, a high school student who was on the street when the fire broke out, the gentleman was carrying a tiny black dog as he climbed out of the window.

The condition of the man and the dog were not immediately known.

Witnesses on scene said there were two tower ladders shooting water at the home from two angles. The home is located next to Ricky’s Plumbing and Heating on the corner of Ponquogue and Fanning.

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Why would they tell a hero to get lost I don't get it? Thank you Mr Raymos for caring
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Feb 9, 12 4:39 PM
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I think your reporter should do more research and get the complete story. From what I heard, Mr. Raymos was accompanied by at least one HBFD Chief to the second floor calling out to a possible occupant and was told to retreat from same when conditions were deteriating as they did not have the proper gear on, a fire truck was approaching with firefighters and supposedly all occupents were accounted for. Great job by local fd's...
By baymen 09 (1), Hampton Bays on Feb 9, 12 9:48 PM
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Great job by local fd's... How about great job by everyone. Mr Raymos included. I will not let you dismiss his act of bravery. Who ever he is he deserves a lot of credit. Why cant you just agree the man is a hero.
And of coarse great job as always HBFD!
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Feb 9, 12 10:19 PM
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Pretty sure he wasnt wearing the proper gear.....He was told to leave so they wouldnt have to rescue him in the event he was overcome by smoke.....
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Feb 9, 12 4:43 PM
I am pretty sure it was a cat, not a dog, not that it matters because luckily they got out. The house went up pretty fast and the flames were intense. HBFD did a real good job.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Feb 9, 12 5:30 PM
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Great job HBFD.
It was a dog. He walks him daily.
By nashnut (1), Hampton Bays on Feb 10, 12 1:38 AM
Excellent reporting!
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Feb 9, 12 7:20 PM
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great job guys!!
By HBFDexplorerpost750 (2), Hampton Bays on Feb 9, 12 7:50 PM
great job guys!!
By HBFDexplorerpost750 (2), Hampton Bays on Feb 9, 12 7:51 PM
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Congrats to the Hampton Bays Fire Department and Chief Tedesco for a job well done. Thank you for giving good advice to Retired FDNY Chris Ramos for trying to make a gallant effort without the necessary protective equipment. You are both heroes.
By long beach lover (1), Long Island on Feb 10, 12 12:40 AM
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I do not think the professional fireman needed advice from the volunteers, lol the man is a hero and should be congratulated. it seems Dan has touched on a nerve here.
By They call me (2826), southampton on Feb 10, 12 10:54 AM
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I do not want to imply that our local boys do not do an amazing job. Just that some people here seem a bit egocentric not to give credit where credit is due. This professional 911 fire fighter Raymos saved lives yesterday. For gods sake lets not just dismiss him. seems very distasteful
By They call me (2826), southampton on Feb 10, 12 11:13 AM
congratulations to the HBFD for excellent work.
By joan s (53), hampton bays on Feb 10, 12 7:25 AM
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That was quick. But nothing on the scandal plagued property in Water Mill huh?
By TianarRob (10), Southampton on Feb 10, 12 9:48 AM
"They Call Me Now" just so you know, the volunteers Are Professionals, they are just unpaid professionals. I don't see anywhere that Mr Ramos is being dismissed. He is also a hero. And to 27dan nobody told Mr Ramos to get lost, at some point you need to get out of the building when conditions get too bad.
By BigL11946 (29), Hampton Bays on Feb 10, 12 12:12 PM
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Perhaps everyone would be happy if the reporter amended his story to read...

Chris Raymos, a retired Fire Department of New York firefighter, was on the scene right after the fire broke out and conducted a search of the second floor of the home before being told to leave for his own safety by the Hampton Bays Fire Department, ....
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Feb 10, 12 2:07 PM
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