Officials: Fire on SUNY Old Westbury campus contained

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

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.

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The committee that oversees Nassau's bus system voted 1 Committee votes against NICE Bus service cuts
A public hearing will be held about the 2 Hempstead IDA announces public hearing on mall tax break
In this Feb. 20, 2012 photo, U.S. Sen. 3 Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn of Ohio has died at 95
Building condos on the Indian Hills Country Club 4 Residents debate Fort Salonga housing proposal
Daniel Flowers is described by his family as 5 Police search for suspect in deadly Hempstead shooting

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Need help this holiday season? We've got you Holiday Help Series

Need a gift idea? Perhaps you need a fun idea to do with the kids?

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE