Cops: Fire report prompts Macy's evacuation

Firefighters and police respond to a fire at Firefighters and police respond to a fire at the Macy's store at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream. (June 25, 2013) Photo Credit: Lou Minutoli

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A reported fire at Macy's resulted in the evacuation of the store at Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream early Tuesday, Nassau County police said.

But mall property manager Joseph Floccari of Macerich, which operates Green Acres, said the "fire" was more like a smoke condition and said it did not affect other stores.

"There were no flames, just some smoke inside the department store," Floccari said, adding: "Macy's may have to delay an hour or so to open, but for the rest of the stores it's business as usual inside the mall."

Police and fire officials said a 911 call placed at 9:38 a.m. reported "a fire" inside Macy's -- and fire officials said firefighters from the Valley Stream Fire Department responded to the scene. Officials said mutual aid units had been contacted for assistance, but were not needed.

Police said there were no reported injuries.

Police said the situation had been contained by about 10:25 a.m.

Floccari said mall operations were largely unaffected because the mall opens at 10 a.m. on weekdays -- and because the incident was contained to the Macy's store.

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