FIRE GUTS SEA CLIFF HOME UNDERGOING RENOVATIONS
December 18 2014 -- A Prospect Avenue house undergoing extensive renovations was significantly damaged in a fire on Thursday afternoon. It appears to have been caused by heat guns used by men working on the structure, said Sea Cliff Fire Department Chief Ernie Longobucco.
The house, which is located five homes north of Sea Cliff Avenue on the west side of the street, as one makes his way down the hill towards Sea Cliff Beach, has panoramic views of the mouth of Hempstead Harbor, Port Washington, Glen Cove, and the southern Westchester waterfront.
In addition to Sea Cliff, ten other area fire departments responded to the call, including Glenwood, East Norwich, Oyster Bay, Glen Cove, Locust Valley, and Roslyn.
The blaze began at about 12:30 pm, said Chief Longobucco, and because of the windy conditions, quickly spread and was especially tricky to extinguish. Fortunately, the home is currently uninhabited and all workers were able to escape to safety.
Three fire fighters, Chief Longubucco said, received "very minor injuries" battling the blaze which was completely extinguished by about 4 pm. The rapid response and efforts of nearly 60 of the area's bravest helped to contain the conflagration, preventing it from spreading to other structures.
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