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'Meat Rack' Between Gay Communities of Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove Scorched by Brush Fire


A large brush fire erupted for two hours on Thursday in an area between the gay Fire Island communities over Cherry Grove and The Pines in an area technically known as the Carrington Tract but known by locals as the "meat rack" because of its history as a cruising area.

Fireboats and 17 fire departments from Long Island, which are required to transit the Great South Bay with equipment because of the lack of roads and proper vehicles in these communities, fought the blaze, Newsday reports:

The wildfire was confined to an undeveloped area and was reported just after 5:40 p.m. and put out just after 7:30 p.m., said a Suffolk County official from the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services.

Contingents of firefighters from the mainland were ferried in, along with their shovels and brooms, the official said. Those tools were used to rake over the brush in search of embers and to dump soil over any hot spots, authorities said.

In November 2011, fire destroyed the Pines' iconic Pavilion nightclub and several other buildings. They have since been completely rebuilt.

Thursday's blaze was deemed suspicious.

Several residents posted photos to social media.

Watch Newsday's raw footage of the fire HERE.

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  1. The faithful can now claim there is a god who wants to destroy the modern Sodom. Or was it the work of a religious arsonist?

    Posted by: simon | Aug 8, 2014 2:52:08 PM

  2. Poppers are actually quite flammable.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Aug 8, 2014 3:13:16 PM

  3. @Simon: well, that god took his goddamed time about it then. Guess he's been enjoying the show. It can be pretty good, I must say.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Aug 8, 2014 3:24:44 PM

  4. "Guess he's been enjoying the show. It can be pretty good, I must say."

    Four or five people deeply in love with one another are not a show.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Aug 8, 2014 3:48:48 PM

  5. Well, it's called "Fire" Island for a reason...

    Posted by: Sam | Aug 8, 2014 3:49:49 PM

  6. Where was Rick at the time of the incident? He seems like the kind of guy who, because he can't get laid, makes sure others can't get laid either.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 8, 2014 3:55:02 PM

  7. Most likely arson from the anti-LGBT wingnuts,
    but don't count on the investigation being more than 20 minutes long.

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Aug 8, 2014 4:03:44 PM

  8. Discarded cigarette butt + a floor of dry leaves and pine needles = brush fire.

    If this was real arson a can of lighter fluid would have done a lot more damage.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Aug 8, 2014 4:25:50 PM

  9. For those who like their meat well done, head over to fire island...

    Posted by: Kenny | Aug 8, 2014 4:51:52 PM

  10. Okay, who dropped his meth pipe?

    Posted by: Fools Rush In | Aug 8, 2014 5:46:36 PM

  11. Everyone knows you can start a fire by rubbing two sticks together!

    Posted by: Harold | Aug 9, 2014 12:49:53 AM

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