7 NY firefighters injured in commercial fire, explosion
Freeport fire officials said they believe a "smoke explosion" occurred in the ceiling area of the fire that damaged or destroyed several businesses
By Laura French
FREEPORT, N.Y. — Seven New York firefighters were injured in a fire that resulted in an explosion at a commercial building on Saturday.
The Freeport Fire Department said the seven firefighters sustained non-life-threatening battling the blaze that occurred shortly after midnight, "ranging from heat exhaustion to bumps and bruises and lacerations."
Officials also said they believe a "smoke explosion" may have occurred in the ceiling area shortly after firefighters began attacking the flames. According to ABC 7, several businesses were damaged or destroyed in the blaze, including a florist, deli and second-floor offices.
Firefighters brought the blaze under control in approximately 90 minutes, officials said.
"Our thoughts go out to all who occupied this structure, staples of our Village for more than 5 decades," read a statement from the fire department.