Firefighters and equipment from Port Washington, Great Neck, Williston Park, New Hyde Park, Roslyn and Manhasset responded to a fire that broke out at a business in Port Washington last Thursday, according to Nassau County police.
Police said 150 firefighters and 40 pieces of fire apparatus were required to put out the fire, which began at approximately 1:15 p.m. in the walls of the building and quickly spread to the roof.
Detectives said they are investigating the cause of the fire, which the Nassau County Police Department attributed to roofing contractors using a propane torch near the building.
Police said the building suffered extensive damage and the occupants of 11 apartments and three businesses were displaced.
According to a News 12 report, the Red Cross said 36 people were left homeless following the fire. News 12 also reported that LIPA performed a grid shutdown in the area because firefighters were working on ladders near power lines.