Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman, email@example.com Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:15
A pretty much one-of-a-kind brush fire swept through Kings Point Park this past weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16 and 17. Kings Point residents coming home Friday evening, Nov. 15, had reported smelling smoke; one resident said she thought rubber was burning.
By Saturday morning, it was obvious a fire was burning in the area and smoke could be seen from various points. Kings Point authorities said the thought is the fire might have started in a pit; the fire was both underground and a brush fire right above-ground.
On Saturday, firefighters from all parts of Long Island joined Great Neck’s Alert and Vigilant firefighters; firefighting equipment was spotted from all areas of Long Island, especially from much of the South Shore; over 100 such vehicles came to “mutual-aid” in Great Neck. Nassau County was called for specific pieces of equipment.
Although Nassau County helicopters equipped with infra-red equipment were on the scene, the fires were too deep to be seen.
Even though the fire appeared to be pretty much under control by Saturday night, a team of Alert firefighters, complete with several fire trucks, remained on duty at Kings Point Park, just in case some flames had not been completely extinguished.
By Sunday morning, firefighters were still at work on the scene, although the Saturday night rains had pretty much soaked the ground. Later on Sunday, the fire was reported under control, but areas of the park were still burning. No more flare-ups were reported at that point.
At deadline for the Great Neck Record, the fire appeared to be pretty much under control, according to Kings Point authorities. At that time, no homes were at risk for catching fire and no injuries were reported. Some agreed that the fire was “out,” but some firefighters remained on the scene, watching for a possible flare-up.
Speaking with local emergency and firefighting workers, several said that they do not ever before remember seeing a brush fire in this area.