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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.

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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