Fire tears through firehouse on Long Island, destroying 3 trucks

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Thursday, December 26, 2019
Fire tears through firehouse on Long Island, destroying 3 trucks
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Stacey Sager has more from North Massapequa.

NORTH MASSAPEQUA, Long Island (WABC) -- Fire tore through a Long Island firehouse Wednesday morning, destroying three firetrucks and damaging other equipment.

The fire broke out just before 6:15 a.m. at the North Massapequa firehouse on North Broadway.

Multiple fire departments from surrounding areas responded but the building was already engulfed in flames by the time they arrived.

Firefighters were unable to get three firetrucks - two engines and a tower ladder -- and other equipment out of the firehouse bays.

Firefighters did pull an ambulance from the flames. It was damaged.

No one was in the firehouse at the time and no injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. It is not believed to be suspicious.

The department's 120 volunteers were stunned by the loss.

"As I explained to my members, we'll overcome this. It's a shame," said Chief Joseph Pescale of the North Massapequa Fire Department. "This is what we do to help people everyday and it happens to us. "

The chief was one of the first to arrive, racing in to try to save all the apparatus. But there was a series of explosions, as residents came running out.

"Like three big booms...Boom! boom! boom! ", said North Massapequa resident Eric Baron.

"It knocked me and another one of my members down," said Pescale. "At which point, we abandoned and waited until help arrived."

At least 25 other departments and well over 100 additional volunteers offered to help.

The chief said they have three vehicles left at their substation on Hicksville Road, where they will operate for now with mutual aid.

North Broadway was closed in both directions from North Poplar Street to North Syracuse Avenue for fire department operations.


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