Port Washington firefighters battled wintry elements to put down fire involving several houseboats early Monday morning on Manhasset Bay, reports Port Washington Patch (http://aol.it/17ZukD7)
Nassau Police say a man and woman, both 64, were sleeping in their houseboat at Matinecock Avenue at 2 a.m., when they were awakened by smoke and flames in the bedroom. They quickly exited the boat and called 911 for assistance.
The houseboat suffered extensive damage and sunk, police said.
A second houseboat suffered extensive damage and four other boats endured varying degrees of damage. The victims from the first boat and two additional men — ages 71 and 49, from the second boat — were transported to a local hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Their conditions are non-life threatening, police said.
Firefighters overcame high winds and frigid temperatures as they battled the fire on the dock, according to the Atlantic Hook & Ladder Co.1 Facebook page.
The Port Washington Fire Department, Fire Marshall Madden, Fire Marshall Investigator Lang and Port Washington Fire Chief Brian Waterson were among those on scene, police said.