Long Island News
Overnight fire guts strip mall in Valley Stream
VALLEY STREAM (WABC) -- A four-alarm fire tore through a strip mall on Long Island overnight, burning through more than a half dozen stores.
The fire broke out in one of the stores on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream just before 11 p.m. Wednesday.
The flames spread through as many as nine businesses as hundreds of firefighters from neighboring towns responded. In addition to the Valley Stream Fire Department, firefighters came from Lynbrook, Rockville Centre, Elmont, Malvern, Lakeview, Inwood and Woodmere.
It took at least two hours for firefighters to get the blaze under control.
At least one firefighter was being treated at the scene, but not serious injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire, which is believed to have started at Merrick Dry Cleaners, is under investigation.
Several of the businesses were extensively damaged by the fire, and other businesses by substantial smoke and water damage as a result of the fire. Dale Drug Store, which has been in the area for 55 years, was completely destroyed.
"You know, it's sad, because my boss puts his life into this pharmacy, and it's gone," manager Lisa Manzolill said tearfully. "I put my life into this pharmacy. And it's gone. But life goes on, and we're already looking into another place to relocate. And we just gotta keep trucking."
The Arson Bomb Squad and the Nassau County Fire Marshal were present at the scene and are investigating.
WAKE UP WITH EYEWITNESS NEWS! Click here to download the WABC Eyewitness News Alarm Clock app from iTunes. or search WABC or 7online in the app store.
Get Eyewitness News Delivered
long island, valley stream, fire, long island news, darla miles
- 2 elderly residents hurt in Queens home invasion 1 min ago
- AccuWeather: Gusty Wind 58 min ago
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- DISH Network signs on for WATCH ABC app
- Camilla Parker Bowles' brother Mark Shand dies 24 min ago
- 'Bachelorette' Contestant dies in paragliding accident
- 2-year-old boy survives 3-story window fall
- 3 suspects arrested, cop shot at NJ shopping center
- Photos: Garfield police shooting scene in photos
- Abandoned dog rescued and saved by SPCA in Bronxville
- Long Island school bus driver accused of selling heroin
- Cubs celebrate 100th birthday of Wrigley Field
- Attempted luring incident reported in West Nyack
- FBI investigates hoax that sent SWAT teams to house 26 min ago
- AccuWeather: Gusty Wind
58 min ago
Eyewitness News Links
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos