Under a clear night sky with the moon fully illuminated, the pagers came to life to awaken the members of Hagerman. 12:30am was the time and the voice came over "Structure Fire" but only cross streets were given and no house number, giving the members the hint they could be going to work.
The 1st Assistant Chief was the first to respond to the call and while en-route dispatch notified him that the caller is stating the house is "fully engulfed". 31 arrived on scene and confirmed he had a working structure fire. He immediately requested for 1 Engine from Bellport Fire Department, a RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) from Brookhaven Fire Department, and North Patchogue Fire Department for an Engine to standby at Hagerman's quarters.
Hagerman Engine 3 was first due and the Chief gave the order to 2nd Lt. Ralph Lettieri Jr (5-10-70) to pick up the hydrant and lay the 5" supply line into the scene and go right to work. Firefighter Louis Valentino placed the truck into pump, hooked up the supply line and gave water to the hose team in perfect fashion. With fire through the roof and roaring out of the windows Nozzle Man "Commissioner" Randy Miller and Backup Corey Citarella made an outstanding attack from the interior to quickly extinguish the blaze. Truck 10 Chauffeured by "Ex Chief" James Vignato was second due and the crew assisted in stretching a second hose line, helped complete the primary searches, and provided the trucks scene lights for the exterior operations.
The Search team (Sean Vignato & 2nd Lt. Ralph Lettieri Jr) were able to make a quick search of the vacant house to make sure there was nobody inside and also came across a portion of the floor that was weak and found a few holes that formed in the floor bringing it to the attention of the crews operating inside. Once the fire was knocked down crews began the tedious process of overhauling. Crews also opened up a large portion of the floor to gain access into the crawl space to extinguish a few hotspots.