Written by Donna Duffy Friday, 15 January 2010 00:00
At 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, the Mineola Fire Department was alerted to a car fire on East 2nd Street near Hampton Street. With the car, a Hundyai Sonata, engulfed in flames, the firefighters went to work to put out the raging flames.
Mineola Fire Chief Rob Connolly and first assistant chief Joseph Pratt arrived on the scene to find the car fully engulfed and dangerously close to an adjacent building, several parked cars and overhead electrical wires.
Mineola Fire Department Engine Company #167 arrived first on the scene and established a water supply from a nearby fire hydrant. Firefighters from Engine #3 made the initial attack but efforts were hampered by a cracked fuel tank, which was creating a floating river of fire.
Members from Engine #1 assisted Engine # 3 in initiating a foam operation to control the vapors as Truck #2 opened up the hood and trunk. The stubborn fire was completely extinguished within 30 minutes.
The Nassau County Fire Marshal Hazardous Materials Unit responded to the scene to handle the fuel spill. The driver of the car was transported to NUMC with burns to his hands. Subfreezing temperatures also hampered the firefighters’ efforts as ice rapidly formed on the roadway.
Village of Mineola Department of Public Works personnel immediately responded to the scene to treat the roadway for the icing condition.