Generator, stockpiled gas may have sparked two fires

Three people were injured in a fire at a restaurant at 58th St. and 1st Avenue in Manhattan. Investigators believe it started when a container filled with gasoline spilled in the kitchen.

November 10, 2012 6:57:14 PM PST
Emergency crews in the New York metropolitan area have their hands full responding to fires tied to generators and other problems from Superstorm Sandy.

Nassau County police say a 62-year-old woman was hospitalized with facial burns Saturday after her gas stove burners ignited unexpectedly in her Bayville home.

Police say she'd left the home after the storm because of a gas leak. She returned just to pick up belongings.

Meanwhile, fire officials suspect a generator played a role in a blaze that destroyed a Hempstead home Saturday.

And a waitress, chef and busboy suffered burns Friday when a worker spilled gasoline in a Manhattan restaurant kitchen.

Fire marshals are investigating whether the gas was stashed there because of the fuel shortage.

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