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09/22/14 10:00am
DAN FOKINE PHOTO | Flames leaping — some as high as 80 feet according to Fire Chief Will Anderson — at the Recycling Center Friday night when construction debris caught fire.

DAN FOKINE PHOTO | Flames leaping — some as high as 80 feet according to Fire Chief Will Anderson — at the Recycling Center Friday night when construction debris caught fire.

Commissioner of Public Works Jay Card Jr. said Monday morning that the construction debris fire at the Recycling Center that sent flames as high as 80 feet into air was most likely was self-igniting.

After looking at videotape from closed circuit TV at the site, puffs of smoke could be seen at different intervals before the flames began to engulf the pile, Mr. Card said.

The commissioner speculated that there were piece of glass and mirrors in the pile, and with bright sunlight throughout the day, enough heat was created to trigger a fire that evening.

The dry weather of the last week or so also contributed to the cause of the blaze, he said.

The Shelter Island Fire Department responded at about 7:25 p.m. Saturday evening to the call of a raging fire at the Town’s Recycling Center.

Fire Chief Will Anderson said that flames were shooting high into the mild evening air, before fire fighters got the blaze under control.

There were no injuries, the chief said.

An hour after the fire started, thick sooty smoke enveloped the area.

The fire was in the area where construction debris was stored. Chief Anderson said there was no sign of arson.

“That’s the largest construction debris fire I’ve seen,” the chief said.

The Shelter Island Police Department was on the scene as well as an ambulance from the town’s Emergency Medical Services team.

 

 

 

 

DAN FOKINE PHOTO | There were no injuries reported at the Recycling Center.

DAN FOKINE PHOTO | There were no injuries reported at the Recycling Center.
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CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Bianca Evangelista at the Hay Beach home where she has lived all her life.

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Bianca Evangelista at the Hay Beach home where she has lived all her life.

On the first day of the new school year here on Shelter Island, freshman Bianca Evangelista was 14 years, 8 months and 23 days old. A writer, a varsity athlete and a singer, she relates the memories and experiences she has packed into her first decade and a half with confidence and poise.

If this Island is an incubator, then Bianca is getting ready to hatch. (more…)

09/18/14 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO REPORTER FILE PHOTO Keeping a broken heating system functioning, maintenance worker Greg Sulahian was one of those who worked around the clock with his colleagues last fall and winter to ensure Shelter Island School had heat. Voters will have their say in balloting Tuesday about how to finance replacement of the aged system.

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If they approve a bond not to exceed $1.6295 million as the Board of Education recommends, the project will be paid for in installments over several years. (more…)

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09/18/14 2:00pm
GARRETT MOORE PHOTO | An unmanned cigarette boat in Greenport Harbor Monday still under power shortly after six passengers were ejected.

GARRETT MOORE PHOTO | An unmanned cigarette boat in Greenport Harbor Monday still under power shortly after six passengers were ejected.

No, a scene from a dramatic action movie wasn’t being filmed in Greenport Harbor on Monday.

What happened was this: After six people were flung from a speeding powerboat that had turned sideways, two strangers who live on opposite sides of the bay played integral roles in rescuing the victims and ensuring safety in the harbor by bringing the runaway boat to a halt. (more…)