Multiple Vehicles Destroyed in Impound Fire
A total of 18 cars and trucks suffered severe fire damage on Thursday, Oct 28th at the Suffolk County Police impound yard.
An employee of the Suffolk County Police Department called in the fire shortly after 4 am when he started his shift. The caller reported a fire was visible from his location, but the vehicles were in a high-security area he did not have access to, making it difficult to see the extent of the damage.
Assistant Chief Saccente was the first on scene and established command operations. After relaying his size-up to other responding units, he was able to use bolt cutters to gain access to the gated area. Assistant Chief Wachenfeld arrived moments later and was tasked with assisting the first arriving engine company on placement and deployment. 7-8-1 arrived on the scene and quickly deployed two 200′ hose lines. Within minutes, the two hose teams were able to contain the fire and prevent further damage. With help from the Eastport Fire department, the fire was knocked down within an hour.