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Hewlett Gas Station Destroyed In Fire

Hewlett, Inwood, Woodmere and Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Departments respond; no injuries reported.

The British Petroleum gas station located at 1169 Broadway in Hewlett was destroyed by a fire early Tuesday evening.

According to fire department officials at the scene, the fire is suspected to have been caused by a vehicle in the gas station's garage at approximately 5:30 p.m. However, the official cause of the blaze is currently under investigation.

Fire officials confirmed that the gas station itself is a total loss. No injuries were reported.

Kelly Cavanagh had been walking several blocks away and had noticed the smoke billowing into the air.

"All I knew is that the whole sky was filled with thick, black smoke everywhere," she said. "I started following it and the smell got worse and worse. I couldn't really see what happened until it was all over, as the police had the area blocked off."

The fire was responded to by the combined efforts of the Hewlett, Inwood, Woodmere and Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Departments.

This is a breaking news story. Patch will update the story as more information becomes available.

Chrissy July 04, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Woodmere Fire Department was also at the scene
Howie July 04, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Link for photos of fire. Taken by Ex-Captain Howie Goldmark - WFD Truck 1 http://goo.gl/LTS2X
Chris Boyle July 04, 2012 at 03:52 AM
There's a lot of great pictures in that link showing some brave firefighters hard at work...thanks Howie!
JACK RABINOWITZ July 04, 2012 at 04:10 AM
WOODMERE FIRST ON SCENE!!!
JACK RABINOWITZ July 04, 2012 at 04:11 AM
PROUD OF THE WOODMERE FIRE DEPT! BRAVE YOUNG MEN!!!
Andrea Haarazi July 04, 2012 at 04:19 AM
VERY diassapointed why the Fire Dept took TOO long to get there as I was in the storage unit across the street at the time it was happening
Andrea Haarazi July 04, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I was petrefied
Howie July 04, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Hi Andrea and J, Did either of you call the fire department? Just because there is a fire around the corner, how do they know? The great volunteers of our fire departments don't live in their fire houses. Also last time you were driving on Broadway and you saw a volunteer TRYING to get passed you with their blue light on and hand on their horn, DID YOU MOVE over? Probably NOT. Don't worry, they were only trying to get to the fire house to put their life on the line for you. No reason you should move over, right?? ( Just be "sick" about how long it's taking the fd to get there instead. ) I know both Woodmere, Hewlett and all of the other departments at this call would love to give you an application for membership. Just ring one of our front door bells and ask for one. See you at the next fire....
Josephine July 04, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Howie, you are right, I pull over right away.. so should everyone, a few seconds could make a difference. I think you guys should get back sirens and blue lights. Thank-you volunteer firefighters <3 Josephine Gobetz
HURST TOOL July 04, 2012 at 04:35 PM
first and foremost i hope your feeling better...second did you call 911 or 374-1600 for fire and rescue services? do you know the status of the hewlett or woodmere fd's? was hewlett on another call elsewhere, was woodmere(whose hq is also 4 blocks away!) staffed and on the road??? all these factors come into play when an alarm comes in. I watched a video of this incident and the fire was well advanced far before the horns began to sound at hewlett hq meaning there was a delay in notification.
HURST TOOL July 04, 2012 at 04:36 PM
awww i hope your ok, imagine having to go into that burning building that you were watching from across the street
Fred Usherson July 04, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I'd like to thank all the fire departments involved. You all did a great job!
Joe Ruvolo July 04, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Traffic on any day in the area is, at best abominable, let alone a day before a holiday! All traffic on Broadway was being directed down Franklin Ave (the firehouse street). This prevented the Hewlett Volunteers from getting to the firehouse. This scenario was being played out on West Broadway, Harris Ave and Mill Rd. Throw in two LIRR trains which caused more delays and a vehicle accident in front of Hewlett's Headquarters and there you have it....delays! If the volunteers can't get to the firehouse the trucks can't get out! If people would look up from their cell phones long enough while driving thru town they may realize, they are part of the problem!
ftptch July 04, 2012 at 09:21 PM
joe many people don't realize their selfish driving directly affects everyone else... take a look at central ave in cedarhurst... worse than driving in manhattan... all because yentas have to double park outside their shops and talk to everyone walking by.
JACK RABINOWITZ July 05, 2012 at 12:27 AM
EVERY department is great! I've been in the area for years. The guys from the Woodmere Fire Dept. are GREAT!!!. Confused as to why they were at the site first when you have Hewlett right around the block?
phil July 05, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I don't really care, but I've gotta call BS here. Look at the photos at the above link. There are firefighters from various departments there as things get going, but you can see the truck 302 from Hewlett drive past the building with no other trucks in sight and stop at the fire hydrant just past the corner. Almost all the people bringing the first hose from the truck to the fire have HBFD on their coats. In addition, I was on the corner of Trinity and Broadway when the first truck coming from Woodmere stopped, left a guy off at the hydrant on the corner and then drove down to the fire without connecting to the hydrant. "Every picture tells a story..." (Ron Wood/ Rod Stewart)
phil July 05, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Also, and most importantly, a hearty 'job well done' to all the guys and gals who put the fire out. Whatever dept they are from ;-)
Steven Hittelman July 05, 2012 at 01:51 AM
FYI, Valley Stream Fire Department responded as well. Not sure if they stayed on scene but they drove right by me about a minute after Lawrence-Cedarhurst FD did. They both turned on to Franklin Avenue and made a right turn on to Broadway.
Steven Hittelman July 05, 2012 at 02:16 AM
@Hurst makes some valid points. I also have to say that the way you bashed the Hewlett FD is outrageous. You may have felt sick but I promise you that your comments made most people cringe upon reading them. Did you happen to notice all the traffic as well? Broadway is always jammed up at that time AND it was the night before the fourth of July (It's like a Friday, everybody going somewhere). On Franklin Avenue drivers were so flabbergasted from all the smoke, and the sirens that cars were getting stuck bumper to bumper on the train tracks, there were some minor accidents at the Intersection of the LIRR and Franklin Avenue. Just wondering.....if you were so scared why were you standing directly across the street looking out of a window instead of going to the back of the building for protection? Safeguard self storage has floor to ceiling windows where you were standing. If the pumps caught fire you could have been killed, but hey, at least you had time to jot down the FD's arrival times and be petrified.
Nicole July 05, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Everyone likes to Monday morning quarterback. If they did what all of us do for one day they would go home and cower in a corner.
Jaime Sumersille July 05, 2012 at 12:56 PM
A big shout out to all of the volunteer fire departments and other emergency personnel who responded to this scene. With gasoline and other flammable liquids on scene, that must have been a tough call - but you all went and limited damage to neighbors and witnessess. Jaime Sumersille Regional Editor, Nassau County
Chrissy July 05, 2012 at 03:32 PM
And Women!!!!
Chrissy July 05, 2012 at 03:36 PM
We had a crew already at our firehouse getting ready to stand by at the fireworks display at Woodmere Club that night. It really does not matter who gets there first, just that they get there, we all work together.
John Quaranto July 05, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Good video if you search hewlett gas station fire on youtube. Starts with the guy filming as he walks up franklin ave with sirens on firehouse going off. That will give you an indication as to when notification was made to firefighters and then shows trucks leaving firehouse. Timeline on video will give a better idea as to how long it took to respond then reports of how long someone thought it seemed like. Also shows traffic and members trying to get to firehouse. Most importantly, it shows how many people had the time to stand around and watch, film, criticize, etc rather than offer to help. p.s. Howie + Steve, couldn't have said it better. I was passing along the curb on opposite side of street in front of a burning building on Merrick Rd one time. Windows behind me were blowing out from heat as I passed. She doesn't know how lucky she was.
Les Davis July 06, 2012 at 12:04 AM
The fire is really a shame! My heart reaches out to the owner Nick and his employees! I had all my repairs done there because of his honesty and incredible skill! I hope they will reopen soon & my car holds up until then! Les D Cedrhurst

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