A building of condominums in Plainview was evacuated early Saturday as a smoky fire broke out in one of the units, firefighters said.
Plainview firefighters responded to multiple 911 calls to 127 Santa Barbara Drive about 5:45 a.m. Saturday and found smoke visible from a second-floor of one of the units. The occupants had escaped and the rest of the building was emptied.
Plainview Fire Chief Craig Robinson supervised the coordinated attack on the blaze. Firefighters gained entry into the burning apartment from inside while others mounted a ladder to the second-floor balcony (see Kevin Imm's photos here.) The teams, assisted by companies from Bethpage at the scene, put down the flames quickly.
No one was hurt, firefighters said. The cause is under routine investigation.
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Firefighters from Hicksville and Syosset stood by in Plainview's headquarters with their apparatus.
The fire did heavy damage to the condo unit and extended slightly into an adjacent unit, firefighters said.