BREAKING: Multi-alarm fire damages row of businesses in Cedarhurst, Nassau County

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CEDARHURST, Nassau County (WABC) — A row of five stores went up in flames in a three-alarm fire in Nassau County overnight.

The fire started burned through the stores, comprising the Cedarhurst Shoppes, on Central Avenue in Cedarhurst just before 3 a.m. Friday.
Lawrence Cedarhurst Fire Department Chief Edward Koehler said firefighters received a call from police at 2:49 a.m. Friday reporting smoke coming from the building.

“We arrived in a couple minutes, found heavy fire conditions in the basement,” said Koehler. “The building is an old building, believe it or not, and has a common basement with numerous partitions, storage. So (firefighters) met a lot of resistance at the very beginning.”

The fire spread through the basement to all the stores.
Five stores, a restaurant, pizzeria, ice cream shop, pharmacy and cleaners, all sustained heavy fire and smoke damage. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Koehler said the structure itself is safe, but for now the building is uninhabitable because firefighters had to cut a hole in the floor to get to the flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Central Avenue was closed in the area of Maple Avenue for fire department activity.

(Article Credit: Samuel Salamon, Pictures Credit: Akiva Tepfer)

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