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Police: Hempstead Turnpike reopens after fire response

Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square has reopened after being closed briefly in both directions Tuesday because of a smoke condition at a pizzeria, a spokeswoman for the local fire department said.

There were no reported injuries.

Nassau County police issued a news release about the closure from New Hyde Park Road to Pacific Avenue at 2:40 p.m., but the road was reopened about 20 minutes later.

Police said a fire at an unoccupied building on Hempstead Turnpike was reported at 2:28 p.m., but they had no further details.

The spokeswoman for the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department said there was apparently a smoke problem in an oven area at Naples Street Food, 970 Hempstead Tpke., but that was taken care of within minutes and no fire was involved.

A worker at Giorgio’s Salon and Spa three doors away from the pizzeria said she called the landlord after smoke filled the salon, causing her and about six other people to leave the salon along with workers in some of the other nearby stores.

According to the woman at the salon, the pizzeria opens at 4 p.m. but she saw a man leave the restaurant shortly before the smoke started to form.

A worker at the restaurant said there was no smoke problem and “no fire at all.” She said there was only the normal amount of smoke generated from the oven.

“What happened was we turned the oven on and we stepped out for five minutes down the block,” the woman at the restaurant said. “It’s normal smoke because we have a wood-burning oven.”

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