Firefighters in North Bellmore fought a fire close to home Wednesday morning after one of their fire trucks caught fire in the bay inside a firehouse on Newbridge Road, officials said.
Firefighters were able to get the ladder truck out of the firehouse and into the driveway, although the rear of the truck remained in the bay door, before the fire spread.
Nassau County police said a 911 call received at 9:35 a.m. reported "a fire in a fire truck inside the firehouse" at Station 2 -- the department's engine and rescue company headquarters at 829 Newbridge Rd.
The caller requested police send marked patrol cars to close down the road as firefighters dealt with the blaze.
The blaze started in the truck's engine compartment, said Joe Domiano, North Bellmore's second assistant fire chief.
"The fire was knocked down very quickly and was held in the engine compartment itself," he said.
It's not clear what caused the fire, Domiano said: "The truck was off and in the bay."
There were a few people at the firehouse at the time, and firefighters were able to put out the blaze in about 10 minutes, he said.
The station had minor smoke damage and all the equipment was saved, the assistant chief said. No one was injured, he said.
The fire was deemed not suspicious, Domiano said, and the truck was taken to a repair shop.
With Howard Schnapp