UPDATE: Fire Engulfs Westminster Lane Home

WIFD battles high winds to control blaze.

Update: The homeowner, who was home when the fire began, was taken to the hospital after complaining of chest pains and a headache, said West Islip Fire Chief Blaise Gemellaro. No firefighters were injured in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

In addition to West Islip Fire Department, members of the Babylon, North Babylon and Bay Shore fire departments responded to the scene, as well as the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance and Suffolk County Arson Squad.

Earlier Version:

For the second time in less than a week, West Islip fire fighters battled a , this time at 30 Westminster Lane.

Reported just after 2 p.m. on Monday, the fire badly damaged the high ranch with charred remains of several rooms on the west side of the home clearly visible from the outside. The house is located just north of Oquenock Elementary School, which is closed this week for spring recess.

It was not immediately clear what started the fire or if there were any injuries to the home’s residents or fire fighters.

This is a breaking news story. Check back with West Islip Patch for updates.

Nanci April 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Please join us in helping one of our own families. We need everyone to come together, and support Jessica Tarnovska. Jess is only 7 years old and has recurrent rhabdomysocarma, an aggressive cancer. Little Jess needs to continue to fight this monster, and needs our help to do so. PLEASE come to the Friends of Jessica fundraiser on APRIL 22, 2012 at Farrells of West Islip from 2pm to 6pm. Come and enjoy the great food at Farrells, the raffles, the face painting and more! Only 10.00 at the door, but please feel free to donate more to help all you can. If you can not attend, there is a fund set up for Jess, checks can be made out to Friends Of Jessica and mailed to 594 Higbie Lane, West Islip, NY 11795. Thank you sooo much......Nanci DeLucia https://www.facebook.com/events/300342303369101/
Manager/Owner April 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Please come by and pick up a Gift Certificate on us from Cafe Europa Pizza and Pasta located at 504 Union Blvd in West Islip From Sal and Staff. We will spread the word for help, Goodluck and Godbless .
West Islip Mom April 12, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I am highly dissapointed that you are advertising for your own circumstance on someonelses tragedy. SHAME ON YOU!
MomWI April 12, 2012 at 09:10 PM
@West Islip Mom - are you kidding? The folks at Cafe Europa are clearly reaching out to a family in need with a little kindness. They send blessings to the family and you "shame" them. Shame on YOU for being so judgemental!
Jessica Horvath April 16, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Don't fight! This is 2 families struck by tragedy who both need our help. Let's all just do our best to help BOTH of them!
Nanci April 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
So I am just seeing this now, and I agree with Jessica Horvath about the fighting, and I do not wish to argue about any of this. I do need to say that I did not comment on this particular page "advertising" the benefit for Jess. I do not know how it ended up on here. Though I do find it disturbing that instead of using energy to make a nice comment and helping out somehow, you actually took the time to bash someone "advertising for their own circumstances"? Circumstances? I posted an event, again not on THIS story page, for a 7 year old girl who has cancer, not for my own circumstances. ALL families can be helped, no matter where you see the "advertisement" ( as if this where a business). The whole town came to support one of our own, and I am sure they will continue to do so, and that alone, speaks volumes. I am sorry that you were offended, and again, I did not post our benefit to THIS story, I would disregard someone else's tragedy like that.
Nanci April 23, 2012 at 04:15 PM
** Meant NEVER DISREGARD someone else's tragedy**
christine esposito April 23, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Seriously?? West Islip Mom, do you have anything better to do than to sit on the patch and judge what other people do. This was clearly not an attempt to "advertise" anything...and it was obviously put in the wrong place. BUT IT WAS MEANT TO HELP SOMEONE...NOT HURT SOMEONE! Sorry that you were "highly diappointed" but apparently you are the only one!! Everyone else knows that it was not malicious or done to hurt anyone! This is a community that I am proud to be a part of, we come together when its' needed...


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