Five alarm fire breaks out at Long Island hospital construction site

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Instagram image from the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department

A five-alarm fire broke out early on Feb. 17 at the construction site where a new wing of a Long Island hospital was being built in Manhasset, the local fire chief says.

Nassau County Police said the fire sparked around 12:50 a.m. Thursday at the under-construction property at 300 Community Dr., adjacent to Northwell Health’s North Shore University Hospital, broadcaster PIX11 has reported. The site is a new surgical wing for the hospital,  Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Chief Michael Rice said.

He said heavy flames broke out on the first floor of the construction site and took firefighters about 90 minutes to put out. Police said the area under construction was unoccupied and that no injuries had been reported.

The fire department posted Instagram photos and video from the scene.

Authorities said the Nassau County Fire Marshal and Arson Bomb Squad detectives have responded. The fire marshal was investigating the cause of the blaze early Thursday morning, Chief Rice said.

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