Islip Fire Department

Arson Suspected in truck fires at Andersons Tree Service


Monday, August 1, 2016 At 5am on Monday, August 1st 2016 the Islip FD was dispatched to a report of a truck fire on Sunrise Highway at Peckham Ave. Units were notified that callers were reporting that multiple trucks were on fire at Anderson's Tree Service and that the building may also have been on fire. Chief Butler was the first to arrive who confirmed 4 actively burning trucks on the lot and that the fire was impinging on the structure. Engine 3-4-2 arrived stretching attack lines and began working to extinguish the fires. Engine 3-4-7 then arrived shortly after securing a fire hydrant and assisted the first engines crew with fire control. The fires were extinguished with only minor damage to the building however the 4 trucks were destroyed by the fire. The fire was suspicious in nature and believed to be intentionally set. For that reason the scene was turned over to the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad to investigate. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Suffolk Police Arson Squad at 631-852-6150. [Photos by Ex-Chief Richard Ackerson]