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Fire, explosions gut West Babylon furniture warehouse

Firefighters from the Wyandanch Volunteer Fire Co. and

Firefighters from the Wyandanch Volunteer Fire Co. and other departments battle a warehouse fire at 377 Wyandanch Ave. in West Babylon on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

A fire and two small explosions at a West Babylon furniture warehouse blew the roof off the facility Tuesday afternoon, drawing firefighters from more than half a dozen departments.

The blaze broke out at 377 Wyandanch Ave. about 1:26 p.m., authorities said.

No one was hurt. The fire did not spread to other buildings and was contained before 4 p.m.

A portion of Wyandanch Avenue was closed to traffic in the late afternoon as firefighters fought to control the flames. Wyandanch, East Farmingdale, Deer Park, West Babylon, North Lindenhurst, Lindenhurst, Melville and North Amityville worked together to battle the blaze.

Wyandanch second assistant chief Robert Brown said the fire was raging when he and his crew arrived. Half the building already was engulfed.

“Once I opened up the door, we had fire about 5 feet in,” he said. “It came through the roof and just took off on us.”

He said no one was inside the building when his department arrived.

Firefighters continued to fight the blaze into the night.

“All of the workers were already out when we came,” he said. “Everyone was out safe and sound.”

Brown said furniture was packed inside the building. He said a couple of glue tanks exploded in the back but hurt no one.

Wyandanch Fire Chief Jarvis Brown said the fire was under investigation and the cause was not yet known.

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