Massive fire at ambulance depot in Freeport injures two fire fighters, Long Island, US
More than a dozen ambulances were destroyed in a five-alarm fire Saturday morning, 1 April 2023, on Long Island, US. The flames started shortly after 11h00am in a building on Commercial Street in Freeport, injuring two fire fighters. Chief Scott Donnelly of the Freeport Fire Department said there were “multiple explosions from oxygen tanks and acetylene tanks.” The blaze quickly ramped up to a five-alarm fire. Fire fighters from 30 departments attacked the flames from the air, on the roof and at the ground level.
Fire officials say they responded to an automatic alarm at the building. When they arrived, EMS workers told them that an ambulance was on fire about 200 feet inside the depot.
Fire officials say two fire fighters suffered smoke inhalation and exhaustion. They were taken to Nassau University Medical Center in stable condition.
The fire sent nearby residents running for cover from the building on Commercial Street.
Fire fighters from across Nassau County rushed to the building to help control the flames.
The Arson Bomb Squad is investigating.
Sources: Freeport Fire Department, Freeport Engine Company 1, News 12 Long Island
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