More than 100 fire-rescue personnel were operating on the scene with 35 emergency vehicles.
Huntington Manor units were dispatched to the 3:51 P.M. incident with four pumpers, three heavy rescues, a quint and the technical rescue truck, led by Chief John Glidden and Assistant Chiefs Rob Herley and Mark Sciallo. About 10 minutes into the call, but after all the injured were removed, the building erupted into flames. Mutual aid for ambulances, engines, heavy rescues and a ladder truck were requested from the Centerport, Dix Hills, East Northport, Greenlawn and Melville fire departments, Huntington Community First-Aid Squad and Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Standby fire and ambulance coverage was provided by the Cold Spring Harbor, Deer Park, East Farmingdale, Halesite, Huntington and Plainview fire departments.
The Suffolk County Arson Squad determined that the blast was caused by a leak in a natural gas main. The gas apparently seeped into the building’s basement and was ignited by the oil burner. Glidden declared the incident under control at 9:07 P.M., and units remained on scene until 1:15 A.M. —Steve Silverman
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