by Emil Breitenbach Jr
Volunteer firefighters rapidly extinguished a house fire on Wading River-Manor Road in the blistering midday heat today.
The occupants of the two-story frame dwelling, a married couple and their young son, safely exited the home before firefighters arrived.
The owner told a reporter he believed the fire was electrical in origin. He said it seemed to have started behind a computer cabinet on the first floor. He said he smelled something burning before the smoke appeared, he said.
The Manorville Fire Department found heavy smoke coming from the windows of the home, which was surrounded by thick vegetation on a wooded lot in the vicinity of the April 2012 wild fire that burned more than 1,000 acres of Pine Barrens and destroyed several buildings.
Manorville called for mutual aid from the Wading River, Ridge, East Moriches and Center Moriches fire departments. Firefighters from Eastport stood by at Manorville FD headquarters.
The Riverhead Town fire marshal, Riverhead police, Suffolk County park police, Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Manorville Community Ambulance responded to the scene.
No one was injured. The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, police said.
Wading River-Manor Road was closed to traffic south of Middle Country Road in the vicinity of the scene of the incident. The alarm came in at about 11 a.m.
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