A fire ravaged the International House of Pancakes restaurant on Old Country Road in Hicksville on Wednesday night. Under the direction of Chief Doucette, over 70 Hicksville firefighters responded to the 1:30 a.m. call. The fire was brought under control in approximately 45 minutes, but not before the fire had burned through the roof of the establishment. The roof subsequently collapsed.
The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire and there were no reported injuries. The Plainview and Bethpage fire departments aided the Hicksville department. The Syosset, Jericho and Westbury fire departments provided backup. Chief Doucette said the cause of the fire is currently under routine investigation by the Nassau County Fire Marshal.
- Michael Larkin