After narrowly escaping a head on collision in the parking lot of Walgreens at 918 South Main St. on July 7, Farmingdale resident Billy DePace pulled over and took stock of the scene.
According to DePace, a Pepsi truck was parked along the curb along the front of the store making a delivery, all the while creating a blind spot to passing motorists.
"There is no fire zone," DePace said. "This is not a brand new building. This building has been here for years. The fire zone was neglected from the time it was built there."
According to a Town of Oyster Bay spokesperson, when plans for the site were approved, there wasn't a need for a fire lane. New York State Building Code sets the parameters for which buildings require a fire lane and the Town of Oyster Bay follows those regulations.
"The way the code is written, the building itself does not require a fire lane," the spokesperson said. "The reason is that there is enough room for emergency vehicles to get through the sides or the back because of how wide the lanes are."
The complaint has been passed down to the Town's code compliance department and they are looking into it.
"They also sent dispatchers out," the spokesperson added.
While there is a loading dock in back of store, Walgreens Corporate Spokesperson Carol Hively said the truck was legally parked in front of the store and not violating any laws.
"The truck was permitted to unload in front of the store," Hively said. "As a courtesy to the man who complained, the truck was moved a few minutes after."
However, DePace sees this as a safety issue for future motorists who utilize that parking lot.
"When trucks use this as a parking spot you are putting consumers at risk," DePace said. "It's been a miracle that no one's gotten hurt yet."
DePace said he thinks the lack of a fire lane at the Walgreens was an oversight and needs to be reevaluated.
"It shouldn't take a fire, injury or fatality for something like this to change," DePace said. "It almost happened to me."
Hively said Walgreens was glad no one was injured.
"That store has seen people cutting through the parking lot to avoid the light in the corner," Hively said. "We would just advise anyone using that lot to drive safely."