Merrick Road [2-16-14]

On the morning of February 16th the Massapequa Fire Department was dispatched to a reported truck fire in front of St. Rose of Lima Church. Multiple calls were being received by emergency dispatchers reporting the fire and upon the arrival of Massapequa Chief of Department Steve Daresta [6300] he was met with a fully involved tanker fire. With this confirmation and the conditions present the alarm was quickly upgraded. Responding units were faced with a burning tanker with upwards of 3,000 gallons of home heating oil inside it. At least one tower ladder and multiple hand lines went into operation within minutes. To assist the Massapequa Fire Department mutual aid units were called to the scene and to back fill their west and east end firehouses. Among the units on scene were North Massapequa Engine 663, Seaford Engine 681, and South Farmingdale Ladder 978 along with an engine. On scene from Wantagh were Engines 697 and 698, Squad One [6914], Wantagh Field Comm 4, and all six nine zero based hazmat resources. Among the units standing by for Massapequa during the operation were a truck from Levittown, South Farmingdale engine [redirected], Bellmore Engine 601, and Merrick Engine 643 among others. These are not all the mutual aid units that were notified and responded as much of the sixth battalion was involved along with ninth battalion and first division [Suffolk] units. Despite thousands of gallons of home heating burning so fiercely all visible fire was knocked down within forty minutes. For precautionary measures upwards of fifteen homes and nearby houses of worship were evacuated. Any departments nearby with foam resources were requested to the scene. These units were also joined by Nassau County Hazmat, Fire Marshals, and members of the Office of Emergency Management. To assist in extinguishing the blaze a foam blanket was laid down to contain the burning fuel[s]. After the fire was knocked down the massive cleanup process began starting with a sander to the scene. The cause of the fire remained under investigation and luckily the driver escaped uninjured. No residences were damaged or civilians harmed. All fire department units were under the command of Massapequa Chief of Department Steve Daresta [6300]. Video from the scene: https://youtu.be/Tl1dLetWaJ0

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