Official: Fire destroys Dix Hills home under construction

About 50 volunteers from Dix Hills and Greenlawn About 50 volunteers from Dix Hills and Greenlawn responded to a fire that destroyed a home under construction on Princeton Drive in Dix Hills Monday night, officials said. Members of the Deer Park Fire Department provided standby coverage. (Jan. 27, 2014) Photo Credit: Steve Silverman

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Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a raging fire Monday night that destroyed a home under construction in Dix Hills, officials said.

No one was injured in the blaze that leveled the home on Princeton Drive, Dix Hills Fire Department spokesman Steve Silverman said Tuesday.

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The fire was reported at about 7 p.m. and about 50 volunteers from Dix Hills and Greenlawn responded to the scene, while members of the Deer Park Fire Department provided standby coverage.

Using six trucks, including equipment from the Greenlawn Rapid Intervention Team, firefighters battled the blaze for about two hours under the command of Dix Hills Chief Bill Stio. But, Silverman said, the structure under construction collapsed within minutes of firefighters' arrival -- and, when finally extinguished, the site resembled a pile of rubble.

A Town of Huntington Highway Department backhoe was used to assist firefighters with the overhaul operations once the fire was finally extinguished, while a highway department sander was brought in to treat the street, which Silverman said had "turned to a slippery sheet of ice" after water used to battle the blaze froze in the frigid weather.

The Suffolk County police Arson Squad and Huntington Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the fire.

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