Thanks to Lou Minutoli from FirstOnScenePhotos.com for sending the video and still pictures from this fire on Wednesday to STATter911.com. Here’s what Lou wrote about the fire:
On Wednesday April 11, the Uniondale Fire Department, Uniondale NY was alerted to the report of a building fire in the old Mitchell field housing complex in East Garden City.
Arriving units found a heavy fire condition in one of the new luxury apartments complexes currently under construction.
Fed by a veritable lumber yard of wood frame and truss beams, the blaze quickly spiraled out of control.
Tower ladders were immediately set up and a defensive attack was initiated as collapse potential was extremely high.
Departments from adjoining communities were called to the scene but not before at least fifteen units had been totally destroyed.
One firefighter was transported to the hospital and there were no civilian injuries reported.
From the AP:
Police say a fire that destroyed an apartment complex under construction on Long Island was accidentally started by a worker.
Authorities say the blaze at the Avalon Garden City Complex in Garden City began at about 11 a.m. Wednesday. It was started by a worker soldering a pipe.
More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, which engulfed the entire complex on Mitchell Field.
One firefighter was treated and released from a hospital for a shoulder injury. No other injuries were reported.
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