Written by Elizabeth Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00
On Sunday, August 25, at 8:50 p.m. the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Americana Manhasset shopping center at 2110 Northern Boulevard. Deputy Chief Mark Kiess arrived on the scene first and found heavy smoke in the basement. The routine fire alarm response became anything but routine. The initial alarm was immediately upgraded to a “structure fire” and all five Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Companies and the ambulance unit were called to the scene. The parking lot was filled with emergency vehicles.
Firefighters from Company One searched for the source of the smoke while the Company Three stretched a precautionary hose line. A fire was found in a large electrical panel that housed battery backup devices.
Multiple dry chemical extinguishers were used to extinguish the burning materials. Then the crews set up numerous fans to ventilate the basement, which was filled with smoke and had elevated levels of carbon monoxide.
The Port Washington Fire Department also responded to the mutual aid call, and provided a Firefighter Assist & Search Team (FAST). The Nassau County Fire Marshal’s office is currently investigating the cause of the fire. According to Fourth Deputy Chief Kirk Candan, all fire units were released from the scene by the Incident Commander Deputy Chief Michael Farrone within one and half hours.
Americana’s owner, Castagna Realty, had no comment.