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$100,000 Blaze Razes Airport Hangar in East Moriches:
12 Planes, 3 Trucks and 1 Car Destroyed
Tuesday, March 18, 1947

A desctructive fire completely leveled Walter (Frog) Chapman's airplane hangar at 6:40 pm, Tuesday evening, March 18, 1947, destroying 12 airplanes, 3 trucks and 1 automobile and causing damage estimated to be $100,000.00. Volunteer fire Companies from Mastic to Hampton Bays responded. As flames roared through the structure cans of gasoline, barrels of oil and cans of highly flammable airplane paint exploded throwing red and blue flames into the air which could be seen from over 10 miles away.

Next to the airplane hangar was a fuel oil company and less than 50 feet away were three storage tanks of home heating oil and one tank of gasoline (10,000 gals. each). The East Moriches School was 150 feet away from the hangar as well as a large new automobile dealership and auto repair shop. Also, the East Moriches Fire Department was housed in the new automobile dealership building.


An alarm was turned in to the neighboring departments for all hands to respond immediately. East Moriches placed their 1930 International Pumper on the well in front of the firehouse (the firehouse was at the corner of Montauk Highway and Private Road) feeding their other trucks. Upon arrival of the Eastport Pumper, it made a back lay to a well approximately one mile (other departments in relay) away to feed the other departments to fight the fire and the departments that were protecting the exposures (4 large fuel tanks). The booster tanks of all companies were in operation continuously, but at no time were any fire trucks empty due to the commendable work performed by the tank truck men who made numerous trips to the Mill Dam to replenish their supply of water.

The auto dearlership, the East Moriches School and the large tanks were all kept free of fire as the winds were out of the northwest driving the flames away from all buildings.

Old Photo of Damage

East Moriches Fire Chief Edward Ringhoff received many compliments on the efficiency of the East Moriches Firemen and all the visiting volunteers. The Chief highly praised the firemen who worked hard, fearlessly and intelligently and carried out orders quickly and well.

An employee of Chapman's Garage admitted to starting the fire and was sentenced to serve time in prison.


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East Moriches Fire Department
1888 - 2018


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East Moriches, NY 11940
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Monthly Meetings:

General Meeting, Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

Workshop Meeting, Monday, January 15, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

General Meeting, Monday, February 5, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

Workshop Meeting, Monday, February 19, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

General Meeting, Monday, March 5, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

Workshop Meeting, Monday, March 19, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

General Meeting, Monday, April 2, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

Workshop Meeting, Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

General Meeting, Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

Workshop Meeting, Monday, May 21, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

General Meeting, Monday, June 4, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

Workshop Meeting, Monday, June 18, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

General Meeting, Monday, July 2, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

Workshop Meeting, Monday, July 16, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

General Meeting, Monday, August 6, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

Workshop Meeting, Monday, August 20, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

General Meeting, Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

Workshop Meeting, Monday, September 17, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

General Meeting, Monday, October 1, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

Workshop Meeting, Monday, October 15, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

General Meeting, Monday, November 5, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

Workshop Meeting, Monday, November 19, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

General Meeting, Monday, December 3, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse

Workshop Meeting, Monday, December 17, 2018, 7:30 pm at Firehouse




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