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Fire causes ‘extensive damage’ to row of businesses on Long Island

Posted at 5:06 AM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 06:24:28-05

CEDARHURST, N.Y. — An early-morning blaze caused “extensive damage” to a row of businesses on Long Island, authorities said. 

A fire broke out at a row of businesses at Cedarhurst, N.Y. Nov. 22, 2019.

Authorities were called to the Cedarhurst Shoppes along Central Avenue around 2:49 a.m. to find smoke coming from a row of businesses.

Firefighters arrived to the scene within a few minutes and found a fire condition in the basement.

Fire Chief Edward Koehler said the structure is an old building and has a common basement, with numerous partitions and storage.

The blaze spread throughout the basement, affecting two to three stores. Crews were forced to cut holes in the floor to gain access to the basement in some portions, Chief Koehler said.

Video shows firefighters working in front of the Ezra Pharmacy and surrounding stores, which include an ice cream shop and a pizza shop.

It appears that the pharmacy suffered the worst damage from the blaze, according to a PIX11 photojournalist at the scene.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.