Huntington Manor firefighters evacuated 15 residents from an early morning apartment blaze Sept. 20.
The fire department responded to initial reports of a structure fire on New York Avenue between East 10th and East 11th streets in Huntington Station at 6:51 a.m., according to fire district spokesman Steve Silverman.
Firefighters found a fire in an apartment building located behind a commercial building and began an aggressive search and rescue. Several neighboring fire departments including Commack, Dix Hills, Greenlawn, Halesite, Huntington, Melville also responded bringing a total of 50 firefighters and 10 trucks to the scene.
Huntington Manor assistant chiefs Jon Hoffman, Chuck Brady and Jim Glidden led crews in evacuating residents and bringing the fire under control within an hour. The fire caused extensive damage to the commercial building and apartments on the first and second floor, according to Silverman.
New York Avenue was closed off in both directions by Suffolk County police during the fire, causing snarls to rush-hour traffic.
The Suffolk County police Arson Squad and Huntington Town fire marshal are investigating the cause of the fire.