4 homes destroyed in Fire Island Pines blazePosted: Updated:
Four homes were destroyed in a massive fire in Fire Island Pines.
Firefighters rushed over on boats around 1 a.m. to 154 Ocean Walk, which is where the fire started. Fire officials say winds quickly blew flames to surrounding homes, damaging at least two others.
The homes on Fire Island Pines are all connected by narrow boardwalks, with very limited access to vehicles. Firefighters had to use boardwalk pumpers to get close enough to the house to help fight the fire, which officials say is likely one of the reasons it took four hours to put it out.
Officials credit the quick response from firefighters from keeping the blaze from spreading further, and potentially destroying 15-20 more homes.
Two firefighters were treated at the scene for minor injuries. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for an elevated heart rate, but is listed in stable condition.
No other injuries were reported.