Briella TomassettiFeb 27, 2018, 10:59 pmFeb 28, 2018, 3:08 pm

Fire sparks in Seaford home after family goes out to lunch

The house will have to be completely rebuilt


SEAFORD — A Long Island family’s home was destroyed by flames after a fire sparked in the building’s basement.

Angela Masi says her family was out to lunch for just 45 minutes when she found out the devastating news from her next-door neighbor. She rushed back to her Seaford home with her husband and 11-year-old son, only to be greeted by flashing lights, firetrucks, and a street flooded with water.

"We received the call for smoke in the area. Shortly after we got the call and we arrived on the scene, a neighbor advised me that there was smoke coming from the rear of the given address," Wantagh Fire Department Chief Joseph Gross said.

The fire appeared to begin in the basement and then spread to other parts of the house, although the cause has yet to be determined by a fire marshal. Engines from Wantagh, Levittown, Bethpage, and Massapequa responded to the scene to battle those flames. Firefighters were able to put out the fire rather quickly, but Chief Gross says the house is in pretty bad shape.

"There is significant water damage. We did have to open up a lot of walls to extinguished the fire," Gross said.

At this point, Masi and her family are trying to figure out where they'll live until the house can be rebuilt.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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