Last night at around 10:37pm the Riverhead Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire on East 2nd St. off Roanoke Ave for multiple reports of a large home on fire.
Upon arrival units were met with heavy fire in a 7,000 square foot, three story home with multiple people evacuating the fire and reporting others still trapped inside. Firefighters attempted to gain access, but the third floor quickly collapsed onto the second floor.
At least five people were treated at the scene for minor varying injuries, according to a source. Eastport and Flanders fire departments assisted at the scene and Jamesport stood by Riverhead headquarters, ambulance crews and rehab units were called to the scene to assist Riverhead FD.
After extinguishing the fire, a methodical search was conducted on the third floor and four victims were located inside the home. The search (as of 2:45am) continues for other victims. A source at the scene says they cannot rule out more victims at this time.
It is believed to have claimed the lives of at least four people, Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller said this morning.
Suffolk County Arson Squad, Crime Scene and Homicide Squad are all on scene investigating along with resources from the Town of Riverhead. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office is also at the scene this morning.
A Riverhead firefighter was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of a minor injury. A Riverhead police officer and three civilians were treated at the scene.
Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Wading River Fire Department Rescue, Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance and Hampton Bays Ambulance responded. Shirley Ambulance also responded with its Rehab Unit.