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Miller Place Fire Chief Shares First-Hand Account of Brush Fires

Miller Place First Assistant Chief Kyle Markott speaks with Patch, giving a first-hand account of the blaze.

When the in the Ridge area Monday, the and other local departments got the call around 2:30 p.m., and didn't leave until Tuesday morning.

Miller Place First Assistant Chief Kyle Markott commended the effort of all of the fire departments, and gave an update on what they had to deal with.

"The winds spread the fire extremely fast," he said. "All departments have done a great job [and] worked very hard to contain the fire."

The MPFD left at midnight Tuesday after a day of work that resulted in one injury. Markott said one firefighter was transported to with a minor arm injury and was released after an hour or so.

The department sent one engine, a stump jumper, brush truck, a gator and two chiefs, according to Markott.

"At one point our engine crew encountered heavy fire which engulfed a large shed, destroying it within seconds," he said. "We utilized a large deck gun to protect the other structures on the property."

The fires, called the worst since 1995, were deemed to be contained late Tuesday morning and Miller Place was not called to the scene Tuesday, only sending a fire police unit for traffic control around 6 a.m.

Catherine Danowski April 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Thank you to the Miller Place Fire Department and the other departments who sent crews to Manorville. Although I live in Manorville, I teach in MP and know many of you as former students or the parents of my students. We were in Oneonta, bringing our daughter back to college when she saw news about the fire on a Facebook Group. We had friends check our house (south of LIE and the fire). After hours of phone calls, we decided to head back to LI to protect our house if need be, but thanks to the efforts of the Manorville FD (thanks Joe D, John S. Woody O. and all others) and the other firefighters, the fire never jumped to South Street. You're all awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Marian Larson April 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Thank you to all the firefighters for their tireless efforts in protecting people and property. Knowing you are volunteers who take time from your family and jobs is really something special.

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