Hampton Bays Fire Department Chief Stefan Borell said two of the five firefighters injured in a blaze on Quail Run fell into the basement when the first floor collapsed soon after they arrived on scene on Monday.
In a press release issued Monday morning, Borell said he was the first to arrive at the fire at 27 Quail Run at 12:18 a.m., and he saw an active fire on the first floor of the residence.
"An initial attack was made through the front door, when soon after the floor collapsed, causing two firefighters to fall into the basement," he said.
Both firefighters, whose names have not been released, were transported to Stony Brook University; one by Suffolk County Police Medevac and the other by ambulance.
Three other firefighters were transported to Southampton Hospital for minor injuries, Borell said. They have been treated and released. Their names have not been released either.
One firefighter, Sgt. Lewis Scott, who is also a member of the SHTPD, is believed to have sustained burns to his hands during the fire. It was not clear, however, whether he is one of the firefighters released from the hospital yet.
According Southampton Town Police Lt. Robert Iberger, the residents of the home are said to have all gotten out of the home safe.
Firefighters brought the fire under control at about 2 a.m.
The Rapid Intervention Team from the East Quogue Fire Department was called into assist, as was the Southampton Fire Department and the Flanders Fire Department. The Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance, the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance, the Souhampton Village Volunteer Ambulance, and the Flanders Northampton Ambulance also responded.
“My heart goes out to the firefighters and their families," said Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst. "Incidents like this remind us of the sacrifices that these individuals make for the safety of the rest of us and just show how you just never know, when you get the call, what the answer will be. I’m very concerned for their well being."
Throne-Holst was heading west for meetings today and planned to stop by the hospital to visit the injured firefighters; she said she will report back on their condition.
WITH REPORTING BY LISA FINN AND ERICA JACKSON
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