TODAY'S PAPER
35° Good Afternoon
CLOSINGS
35° Good Afternoon
Long IslandNassau

Island Park auto shop damaged in fire

Firefighters battle a blaze at Mean Street Custom

Firefighters battle a blaze at Mean Street Custom Automotive at 4188 Austin Boulevard on Wednesday April 29, 2015 in Island Park. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

An Island Park auto shop was heavily damaged Wednesday afternoon when a fire broke out, authorities said.

The Island Park Fire Department received a 911 call at 1:06 p.m. reporting the fire at Mean Street Custom Automotive, 4188 Austin Blvd., said Island Park Assistant Fire Chief Anthony D'Esposito, who is also the department's public information officer.

A few workers were in the shop working on a vehicle on a lift when the fire began, but they escaped by the time firefighters arrived and found a "heavy volume" of fire, said D'Esposito, who said the blaze was quickly extinguished. The Nassau County fire marshal is investigating.

"It may have started from a car that was up on a lift," D'Esposito said.

One worker and a firefighter were treated at the scene for "minor cuts and bruises," said Island Park Fire Chief Ed Madden.

Jen Leonetti, 25, who works at a solar contracting company nearby, said she smelled smoke and went outside to investigate.

"It just started smoking from all sides," said Leonetti, of the building. "Within like a couple of minutes, it started being inflamed."

Firefighters from Oceanside, Long Beach, Baldwin, Rockville Centre and Point Lookout responded, D'Esposito said.

Comments

We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

Latest Long Island News