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Fire Rips Through 5 Businesses in Long Island Town

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    Firefighters from several communities battled a massive fire that tore through a family bar in Williston Park. Katherine Creag reports from the scene. (Published Friday, July 25, 2014)

    Arson squads are investigating after five businesses were destroyed when a raging fire ripped through a row of buildings on a Long Island street early Thursday, officials say. 

    The fire broke out at a bar at Willis Avenue and Goodrich Street in Williston Park at about 2:45 a.m., fire officials say. The blaze spread quickly, jumping to four neighboring businesses and causing the bar's roof to collapse. 

    Shortly after crews arrived, fire officials say there was a small explosion inside one of the buildings.

    No injuries were been reported.

    Crews from 13 towns responded to the fire, which sent billows of heavy, black smoke into the sky.

    Firefighters worked for several hours in a mostly defensive operation before the five-alarm blaze was brought under control.

    All of the buildings were unoccupied when the blaze broke out, officials say. No firefighters were injured.

    Nassau County arson investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze.