An Eyewitness Report
I was on Scaup Walk (near freight dock) finishing a lovely dinner at Bruce and Rob's house when we heard the fire siren go off about 4 times which seemed unusual.
I stepped outside and saw the eastern sky on fire around Tarpon Walk (my walk). I ran as fast as this old bionic body could take me and ran past Tarpon Walk to Fisherman Path where I sadly saw a raging inferno envelope Lila and Sandy's house.
The sky was filled with a blizzard of sparks flying west and south which seemed very dangerous to the surrounding houses and yard
I immediately ran back to my house to pick up my 100' garden hose, that I ironically threw out in the garbage that day, thinking any bit of water could help put out fires from the embers.
When I returned with my garden hose our fire department had setup a gigantic water spray that was drenching the whole area from Fire Island Boulevard to Ocean Walk.
I certainly was soaked from head to toe.
A few minutes later other fire departments (Grove, Davis Park, Ocean Beach, etc.) were arriving from the beach to help Walter Boss who placed the "little boardwalk fire truck" at the hydrant on the corner of Ocean and Fisherman. Thank God because the pool decks of those 2 houses on that corner were on fire and it seemed a matter of minutes before the houses would be as well.
We have many firemen and firewomen heroes from that night who saved the
surrounding houses from the same tragedy that befell Sandy Stevenson, Lila Swell and Richard & Judy Kingman.
I can't thank them enough for saving the Pines again.
My sincerest sympathies go out to Lila, Sandy, Richard and Judy for their huge losses.