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A Riverhead detective investigates the remains of a minivan involved in Friday morning’s serious car accident on Main Road in Jamesport (Credit: Paul Squire)

UPDATE (May 24): An 82-year-old woman involved in a two-car accident in Jamesport Friday died from her injuries, a Stony Brook University Medical Center spokesman confirmed. Marjorie Case of Aquebogue was driving a 2010 Lexus east on Main Road when she lost control of her car and crashed into a Honda minivan.

ORIGINAL STORY: A Massachusetts man and his three sons are expected to be transferred to Stony Brook University hospital after being injured in Friday morning’s serious two-car accident in Jamesport, Riverhead police said.

The other driver in the crash is also being treated at the hospital for “serious injuries,” while the mother of the three boys is recuperating after undergoing treatment in Riverhead, according to a police statement.

Police said 82-year-old Marjorie Case of Aquebogue was driving a 2010 Lexus east on Main Road when she lost control of the car around a turn and drifted into the oncoming lane, smashing into a Honda minivan driven by 47-year-old Thomas Devlin of Massachusetts.

Fire Departments from across the East End responded to the scene, including Jamesport, Riverhead, Mattituck, Southold and Cutchogue. Firefighters cut open the Lexus door and cut off the roof of the minivan to reach victims trapped inside.

Flanders-Northampton and Riverhead ambulance volunteers also assisted.

Ms. Case was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center and later transfered to Stony Brook University hospital with “serious injuries,” according to a police statement.

Mr. Devlin, his wife Mairead, and the couple’s three sons  — ages 7, 11, and 13 — were all taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center.

The couple’s three children who were injured were “alert” at the scene, said Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard.

A woman from Mattituck driving behind the minivan said she pulled over after the accident to try to assist. The woman — a nurse who gave her name as Diane — said the man and woman in the minivan told her that they just had just gotten off the ferry and were headed to a baseball tournament.

A Jamesport man said he heard the crash while in his garden nearly a mile away.

The stretch of Main Road opened to traffic about 2:30 p.m. after a three-hour accident investigation. New York State police has since taken over the investigation; no arrests are expected at this time, police said.

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The Riverhead Fire Department firefighters at  (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Riverhead Fire Department firefighters at Bishop-McGann Mercy High School Sunday evening. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Update 5:20 p.m.: Bishop-McGann Mercy High School officials have confirmed the school will be opened Tuesday.

Principal Carl Semmler also issued the following statement:

“Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School was inspected by the Riverhead Fire Marshall, the Suffolk County Department of Health and a team of private environmental engineers.  It has been determined that the building is safe for the students, faculty and staff to return tomorrow, April 1.  The major debris has been removed, the student areas have been cleaned, including the use of air scrubbers with HEPA filters.  The kitchen surfaces will continue to be disinfected tomorrow.  As such, all students and faculty have been advised that there will be no food service tomorrow and to bring a bag lunch.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Riverhead Fire Department responded to an electrical fire Sunday evening at Bishop-McGann Mercy High School in Riverhead.

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PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters compete in the 3-man ladder event Saturday afternoon.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters compete in the “Ladder Class B” event Saturday afternoon.

Down the track, the souped-up Riverhead Fire Department fire truck revved its engines, jerking forward like a racehorse ready to buck out of the starting gate.

With a roar, the engine took off at full speed, then slammed on the brakes a few hundred feet down the track. Firefighters clinging to the rear of the truck leaped off the back, latching onto the nearby hydrant and attaching a hose within seconds.

By then, the fire truck was more than halfway down the track. As the brakes squealed, two more firefighters jumped off, rolling onto the ground and grabbing the hose trailing out of the back of the truck. One firefighter quickly unhooked the hose, while another attached a nozzle and aimed as the water reached the end of the hose.

From the starting line to the cheering crowd, it took less than 11 seconds.

Teams of firefighters from across Long Island braved the heat to compete in the 27th Annual Invitational Motorized Drill hosted by the Riverhead Fire Department Saturday afternoon.

The competition, which began at noon and lasted nearly seven hours, was a series of events that tested the firefighters’ ability to scale ladders, hook up hoses and spray down targets as fast as they could.

Hundreds of people attended the competition held at the fire department’s training ground near the Armory on Route 58. Central Islip Fire Department came out on top during the drill, taking home several first place trophies and coming within a second of besting the state record for the “buckets” event.

See below for a slideshow of the day’s events:

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House fire in Aquebogue

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The Meetinghouse Creek Road house was deemed unsafe and was slated to be knocked down after Monday afternoon’s fire.

A woman and her adult son escaped a house fire in Aquebogue unharmed Monday before the house on Meeting House Creek Road became “fully involved” with flames, emergency officials said.

Fire officials said the emergency call was received about 1:30 p.m., after a neighbor saw smoke coming out of a window.

“There’s heat, fire coming out of every opening,” Riverhead Fire Department press officer Bill Sanok said shortly after firefighters arrived on scene.

As of 3 p.m., the fire was out in most of the house but was still active in the attic, Mr. Sanok said.

Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard said the homeowner told police she had smelled “fuel oil” earlier in the day and was inside the house with her son when the fire broke out. The two ran off the property as smoke engulfed the home and watched on through the afternoon as firefighters battled the blaze.

An employee of the nearby Lighthouse Marina said he saw the smoke and then heard a woman screaming. She then emerged from the house yelling for her pets, he said.

“It just got worse and worse,” the man said of the fire.

Lt. Lessard said an initial investigation found there were 19 domestic cats living in the home.

One Riverhead police officer who arrived on the scene, Charlie Silleck, was able to break a basement window and free one of the cats that was loose, Lt. Lessard said. The fate of the other cats is unknown, he said.

Jamesport Fire Department’s Rapid Intervention team also responded to the scene to assist.

Highway superintendent George “Gio” Woodson arrived on scene with heavy equipment about 3:15 p.m. to knock down the building, which was deemed unsafe. Firefighters were still on the scene of the fire at 5 p.m.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Riverhead Fire Marshals, Lt. Lessard said.

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PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead Fire Marshals investigate the scene of Monday morning's house fire.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Fire marshals investigate the scene of Monday morning’s house fire.

The pre-dawn fire that completely destroyed an Aquebogue home Monday was caused accidentally by a candle being used in the homeowner’s bedroom, Riverhead police and neighbors said.

Police got a report of fire at the Trout Brook Lane house about 4 a.m. and arrived on the scene to find the porch completely engulfed in flames, according to a police report.

The homeowner and his daughter, whose names were not released, were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation and minor burns, authorities said. The family’s dog was killed in the fire, fire officials said.

Neighbors said a family cat is also missing.

Riverhead firefighters rushed to the scene and fought the blaze for more than two hours, using a ladder truck to get onto the roof of the house. Flanders Fire Department also helped in putting out the fire, officials siad. By 6 a.m., the fire was extinguished.

Video of Riverhead firefighters battling Monday morning’s fire.

Steve Amato, a friend of the homeowner and an insurance agent, said the victim was feeling ill early Monday morning. The man was looking at photos with the candle when the fire started, he said.

The contents of the home were completely ruined and the house will have to be torn down, Mr. Amato said, adding that homeowner returned to the property after he was released from the hospital to bury his beloved 7-year-old pet in the backyard, he said.

Neighbors said the victim had been living on the block for the past 12 years.

The victims’ next-door neighbor, Lidia, said she was woken up just after 4 a.m. by screaming.

“When I looked out the window, I saw a police car in front of my driveway,” said Lidia, who did not give her last name. Debris from the fire had fallen into her backyard, she added.

The victims’ neighbors said they are planning to establish a donation fund to help him and his daughter get a fresh start in the wake of the fire.

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03/04/13 10:02am

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Firefighters responded to a fire on Trout Brook Lane in Aquebogue at 4 a.m. Monday.

Riverhead firefighters rushed to the scene of a house fire on Trout Brook Lane at 4 a.m. Monday and began fighting the blaze, using a ladder truck to get onto the roof of the house. Flanders Fire Department also aided in putting out the fire, according to a fire report.

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PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters battle a house fire early Monday morning.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters battle a house fire early Monday morning.

A father and daughter were hospitalized with non-serious injuries early Monday morning after their Aquebogue house was almost completely destroyed by fire, authorities said.

Riverhead police received a report of the house fire on Trout Brook Lane just past Robert Street about 4 a.m., authorities said. Police arrived on the scene to find the house engulfed in flames.

Riverhead firefighters rushed to the scene and began fighting the blaze, using a ladder truck to get onto the roof of the house. Flanders Fire Department also aided in putting out the fire, according to a fire report.

Riverhead ambulance volunteers immediately took the father and daughter, who were inside the house at the time of the fire, to Peconic Bay Medical Center, according to Riverhead Fire Chief Anthony White and Ambulance Corps officials.

Police at the scene said the victims’ injuries were not serious. No firefighters were hurt in the blaze, but the family’s pet dog was killed, said third assistant fire chief Pete Jackman.

By 6 a.m., the fire was extinguished.

Neighbors said the man who owns the house had been living on the block for the past 12 years. His daughter had recently moved in, they said.

The victims’ next-door neighbor, Lidia, said she was woken up just after 4 a.m. by screaming.

“When I looked out the window, I saw a police car in front of my driveway,” said Lidia, who did not give her last name. Debris from the fire had fallen into her backyard, she added.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Mr. White said.

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