A vicious fire at 7 Shadetree Lane in Stony Brook on Sunday evening took an hour to extinguish and sent three volunteer firefighters to the hospital.
According to Setauket Fire Department chief Dennis Mirante, crews who arrived at the scene shortly before 6 p.m. found a fully involved garage fire that had spread into the main structure of the home.
"It made its way into the attic space and traveled along the attic. We were able to stop it by pulling the ceilings internally and using the hose lines in the attic space," Mirante said. "... Once it makes its way into the attic space it's very, very hard to fight because the space is very confined. The first thing that we have to worry about is the safety of our guys."
In the process of fighting the fire, one crew member used a chainsaw to hack down two large limbs from a tree near the house so the ladder truck could have a better path reaching the upper level of the house.
A Shadetree Lane neighbor said he called 911 when one of the homeowners knocked on his door in a panic.
Mirante said three firefighters, including two who suffered burns, were sent to Stony Brook University Hospital. The homeowners were not injured.
The cause of the fire is under the investigation by the Town of Brookhaven fire marshals. Crews from Port Jefferson and Centereach also responded, while the Stony Brook Fire Department was on watch at Setauket headquarters and Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps was also on standby.