On Sunday, September 25, 2022, at approximately 4:03 a.m., M-LFD Companies 1 and 2 were dispatched to 9 Cherrywood Lane in North Hills for an automatic fire alarm. Deputy Chief Porras (8703) was the first to respond, and was advised by M-LFD Dispatch that a neighbor had just called 911 reporting the house next door was on fire. With this information, the alarm was upgraded to a general alarm with all 6 M-LFD Companies notified to respond. DC8703 arrived on scene first and reported a fully involved private dwelling fire. DC Antonelli (8704) arrived minutes later and assumed the role of incident command.
Units from all 5 M-LFD fire companies operated to extinguish the fire while the M-LFD Ambulance Unit provided an EMS standby at the scene.
Numerous handlines, the deck gun from E8711, and the master streams from L8743 and Q8728 were used to extinguish the fire. Ultimately, heavy machinery was called in to access parts of the home which were inaccessible by crews due to structural collapse. Several other area fire departments including the Port Washington Fire Department, Roslyn Rescue Fire Department, Roslyn Highlands Fire Department, Plandome Fire Department and Great Neck Alert Fire Company responded to the scene while others including the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company stood by to cover M-LFD stations.
The Nassau County Fire Marshal's office responded with their drone team to assist in locating hot spots and to provide an aerial size up of the scene.
After several hours of operating, all units were released from the scene at 2:07 p.m.