Firehouse damaged, apparatus destroyed in Long Island fire

Two engines, a ladder truck and an ambulance were destroyed in the Christmas morning blaze that seriously damaged the station


Stephen Rex Brown
New York Daily News

NORTH MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. — A Long Island firehouse erupted in flames on Christmas morning — and 13 nearby fire departments were needed to put out the blaze.

The North Massapequa firehouse was “engulfed in flames" at 6:15 a.m., the fire department said in a release. Two engines, a ladder truck and an ambulance were destroyed, North Massapequa Fire Department Chief Joseph Pesale said.

Two engines, a ladder truck and an ambulance were destroyed in a Christmas morning blaze at the North Massapequa Fire Department. About 150 firefighters from 13 departments responded to the fire. (Photo/Ballston Lake Fire Department Facebook)
Two engines, a ladder truck and an ambulance were destroyed in a Christmas morning blaze at the North Massapequa Fire Department. About 150 firefighters from 13 departments responded to the fire. (Photo/Ballston Lake Fire Department Facebook)

“This is something we do on a daily basis, to help everybody, and it happened to us,” Pesale told Newsday. “It hurts.”

The fire was not considered suspicious. No one was in the building when it caught fire.

First responders were alerted to the fire by state troopers. Three small explosions prevented the first firefighters on the scene, including Pesale, from removing the trucks from the firehouse, the chief said.

The fire did not reach the main part of the firehouse.

About 150 firefighters responded to the scene, one of whom suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

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