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Fire Breaks Out at Cedarhurst Apartment Complex

Blaze contained to one unit and put out quickly by volunteers.

The Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department quickly got a fire in a Cedarhurst apartment complex under control on Monday, according to the chief of the department.

A fire call came in at 10:55 a.m. at 202 Washington Ave., said Chief Joseph Sperber. A woman had called in, yelled fire and hung up the phone.

Since the female occupant had her door closed after evacuating, the fire was contained to one apartment, but smoke did fill the building. All the residents of the complex were evacuated while the department worked on the fire. Responders were able to leave the scene after about 25 minutes.

“It was as routine as they get,” Sperber said. “The guys performed very well and had the fire under control rapidly. Everyone went home and was safe.”           

The fire was not suspicious and deemed accidental, Sperber said.

All other apartments were habitable after the incident. The Red Cross was notified for the female occupant, who is not able to stay in the apartment.

The Woodmere, Inwood and Hewlett departments also responded to the scene.

LCFD had a busy day, responding to two automatic alarms, a rubbish fire, an aided case and conducting an investigation in addition to this fire.

menachem December 20, 2011 at 01:28 AM
B"H This is a great time to remind all of our local residents of the important of RENTERS Insurance. As the local Allstate agent I am committed to helping obtain affordable insurance with great coverage. Contact my office at 516 374 7700 to see how you can protect your contents of your apartment for as little as $7-$12 per month.
LI Red Cross December 20, 2011 at 01:47 AM
The American Red Cross provided funds for food, clothing. The resident is staying with family.
menachem December 20, 2011 at 04:36 PM
B"H Congrats on job well done to LCFD and American Red Cross.
Stephen J. Bronner December 20, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Ditto!
Jerome J. Levenberg December 20, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Unseemly!
menachem December 23, 2011 at 05:17 AM
B"H Jerome -- I don't think my comment is unseemly. Thank G-d that the tenant got out safe and this fire was not major. I think when local residents of apartment buildings read this article they may actually realize how important this type of insurance is and call us or some other local insurance broker. But considering it is such a small policy many insurance brokers don't want to be bothered but I don't mind taking the time to help people with this because it is important.

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