Vigilant Fire Company Responds to Fire in Great Neck Estates

Great Neck, N.Y. (June 12, 2017)
 – On Saturday, June 10, at 4:01 p.m. the Vigilant Fire Company received multiple calls reporting a house fire next to 24 Hillside Avenue in the Village of Great Neck Estates. Shortly thereafter, police on scene reported a working house fire. Advised of the working fire, Chief Forst had the Vigilant dispatcher notify the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department for a firefighter assist and search team and the Alert Fire Company for two engines and a ladder. 

Upon Chief Forst's arrival at 4:05 p.m. he found fire engulfing the exterior side of the house with some extension inside and transmitted a "Signal 10" (working fire), alerting Port Washington, Plandome and Manhasset-Lakeville, to stand by in the area to handle calls. 

Through the combined efforts of the responding volunteers, the main body of fire was knocked down within 20 minutes, and the fire was under control within 40 minutes. 

Vigilant responded with one engine, one ladder, one rescue truck, two ambulances, one paramedic vehicle, and three chief's cars.

The Manhasset-Lakeville ambulance handled one EMS alarm at the train station during the fire. 

One firefighter was treated at the scene for exhaustion. 

The Nassau County Fire Marshal's office determined the fire started in an electrical box outside the house. The homeowners were in Manhattan when the fire started and praised the efforts of their local volunteers. Chief Forst stated, "time and time again our dedicated membership along with our mutual aide companies step up to protect our neighbors and this was just another example. I am extremely proud of our members."