4 homes destroyed in Fire Island Pines on Fire Island

FIRE ISLAND PINES, Long Island (WABC) -- Four homes were destroyed in a fire on Fire Island overnight Thursday.

The fire broke out in one home on Ocean Walk in Fire Island Pines around 1 a.m.

Joseph Geiman, first assistant chief of the Fire Island Pines Fire Department, said the house of origin was not occupied at the time of the fire because the residents were out for the evening.

The homes to the left and the right of that house were destroyed. The residents of those homes reported the fire.

Flames also damaged two other homes, with propane tank explosions fueling the flames.

Gelman said the fire spread partially because of the wind.

"We had a northwest wind, it was moving at about 30 miles per hour last night, so it quickly blew the smoke and flames into the west side house and to the north," he said.

The fire was under control just before 5 a.m.

Sixteen fire departments and 120 firefighters battled the blaze.

Gelman said there were three firefighter injuries. Two refused medical attention and one was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for evaluation of elevated blood pressure.
No injuries were reported.
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