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Late last night, I began hearing that homes at Fire Island Pines were ablaze near Bay and Holly walks. For those of you not familiar with Fire Island Pines, it, along withthe town of Cherry Grove, are popular gay and lesbian summerdestinations for New Yorkers. Fire Island is a barrier island off thesouth coast of Long Island not accessible to automobiles.
A report from Newsday on the fires:
"The fire broke out at about 10 p.m., said Ed Tully, deputy chief firecoordinator of Suffolk County's Department of Fire, Rescue &Emergency Services. Tully said the homes at 244 and 245 Baywalkwere destroyed and the blaze was still smoldering early Thursday. Noinjuries were reported in the fire, Tully said."
I have heard that one of the homes was currently under construction and that the fire was started by the explosion of a propane tank. Fortunately, the wind last night was blowing toward the bay, otherwise many more homes might have been lost. I'm sorry for those who lost their property in this accident. And thankfully nobody was hurt
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