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VIDEO: Plainview FD Responds to Syosset Restaurant Blaze

150 firefighters responded; fire consumed all three floors of building.

Plainview Fire Department joined 150 responders from 10 fire and ambulance departments to contain a fire that all but destroyed on in Syosset early Saturday morning.

responded to multiple calls about smoke billowing from a building on Jericho Turnpike at about 12:05 a.m. Saturday, said Syosset Fire Chief Robert Kaplan. Upon arrival, they found all three floors of Caracalla fully engulfed in flames. Kaplan said the fire appeared to have started in the basement.

The blaze took 40 minutes to control and over two hours to fully extinguish, said Kaplan. 150 firemen responded to the scene from Plainview, Jericho, Bethpage, East Norwich, Oyster Bay, Locust Valley, Bayville, Cold Spring Harbor, and Melville fire departments, including assistance from Huntington ambulance.

"The intense heat of the fire combined with the heat outside meant the firefighters became exhausted quicker than normal," said Kaplan, adding that the many layers of the "older, wooden structure" contained pockets of "hot spots," making the fire harder to completely extinguish.

Four firefighters sustained minor injuries and were transported to where they were released hours later, said Kaplan. The restaurant was closed for the night and no one was in the building at the time of the fire.

Jericho Turnpike was closed from Underhill Boulevard to Michael Drive for four hours, said Kaplan.

The arson and bomb squad and the Nassau County Fire Marshal are investigating the cause of the fire, though at this time, the fire is not suspicious, according to Kaplan.

TheGreek July 07, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Kudos to all of Long Island’s volunteer firefighters for their cooperation and smooth coordination last night. Listening to the scanner and hearing the command post report “We’ve exhausted our mutual aid plan” was absolutely chilling, yet they continued requesting more assistance. It must have been tough working inside that old building.
DrSteve July 08, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Great job by all the local fire departments on L.I. Sorry to hear about the destruction of that restaurant. I hope that Village Hero was not affected by this tragedy as it is one of my favorite local spots and is right across from Caracalla Restaurant. DrSteve

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