Orient Garage Fire Spreads to House; Family Escapes Unharmed

Fire departments throughout the North Fork respond to a three-alarm fire in Orient.

Just before 1 p.m. on Monday afternoon, the was called to a working house fire at 600 Major Pond Road in Orient.

Detective John Sinning said the fire started in a workshop in a garage attached to the house. No one was in the workshop when the fire started. Sinning said the fire spread through the basement into the main house.

By 2:30 p.m., the garage fire appeared to be under control but smoke could still be seen in the main house. Firefighters were working to get the fire under control despite windy conditions and water problems. According to fire officials, a tanker shuttle was later in place to combat water pressure problems.

The house belongs to Helmars and Jocelyn Ozolins. The couple and their two children were home when the fire started but escaped unharmed.

A neighbor said the family resides in Orient full-time and the house is fairly new.

Just before 4 p.m., Bob Fischer, fire coordinator with the , said one firefighter was sent to the hospital. After investigation, authorities determined that the cause of the fire was accidental and related to an electrcal malfunction in a garage light fixture.

Members from the entire 8th Division including, and fire departments responded to the scene.

Erin Schultz February 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Lauretta Rackett Rahmes said on Facebook: "Thank you Erin."
Fire Guy February 27, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Amy Azzara Cirincione said on Facebook: That explains every single truck leaving Cutchogue!! That did not happen, In fact Cutchogue firemen responded to 2 calls in their district while assisting Orient. It does expalin why every Department in Southold Town responded. The town wide mutual aid plan keeps any one District from not having adaquate fire/ems protection in the event of a large incident like this.
Matthew Romanelli February 28, 2012 at 12:54 AM
great job done by all departments, very glad all escaped without serious injury. the family has the support throughout southold town
Erin Schultz February 28, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Karla B Nelson said on Facebook: "such good news, possessions are replaceable but life is not"
Personal Property Claims February 28, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Possessions are replaceable through the contents section of the home owner's insurance policy. To ensure that damaged personal property is claimed to the capacity of the policy, utilize a service like Digitory Solutions, Inc. (Www.digitorysolutions.net)


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