Officials: Fire on SUNY Old Westbury campus contained

OLD WESTBURY - Officials say the wildfire that broke out on the SUNY Old Westbury campus just north of the Long Island Expressway has been contained.

According to campus officials, an employee smelled smoke at around 10:30 a.m. while driving.

Officials say it took more than 100 firefighters several hours to put out the flames. The brush fire burned about 10 to 15 acres of land before it was contained at around 1:30 p.m.

The school says it alerted students, faculty and staff via email, and that the fire did not impact the campus.

Westbury Fire Chief Patrick Cody says the brush fire was challenging to get to because of the terrain, which required firefighters to cut down large trees. One firefighter sustained neck and back injuries.

Fire officials say this fire paled in comparison to the massive brush fires in Manorville earlier this week that burned through close to 1,000 acres of land.

Nassau County fire marshals are investigating what started the fire on the campus.

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