Fire official: 8 families forced out of homes by fire in Roslyn
At least eight families were displaced by a fire in Roslyn Thursday afternoon.
Fire officials tell News 12 the call came in around 3 p.m. at the Acorn Ponds Condominiums.
Fran Fallowes, who lives in the complex, was playing cards at the clubhouse when she got a call she couldn’t believe.
"Someone called me and said, 'Fran, you better get out here.' We ran out, and there was tons of smoke coming out from this house over there,” she said. "I thought I was losing my mind. I couldn't believe it."
Smoke poured out of the ground-floor garage underneath several units. Over 100 firefighters from three departments spent over two hours trying to put out the flames.
The Red Cross has provided assistance to over 82 people after at least seven fires on Long Island since Dec.18.
Red Cross Disaster Action Team Supervisor Mitchell Ostrover said this fire was no different for them.
"We provide immediate assistance, which is in the way of a debit card," he said.
Many units suffered smoke damage, leaving over 20 residents unable to return home Thursday evening.
Nassau County Chief Fire Marshal Michael Uttaro says they’re grateful they kept the fire contained to the ground floor.
"When you have a fire of this magnitude under occupied space, we're just very happy that nobody was hurt. Property can be replaced, lives can't,” he said.
A fire chief told News 12 earlier on scene that it appears a dryer may have started the fire. An official cause is under investigation, but it appears to be accidental.