DEC: Long Island Brush Fire Was Intentionally Set

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has listed the cause of the fire as "incendiary," meaning arson

Thursday, May 3, 2012  |  Updated 10:43 AM EDT
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Brush fires burn in Manorville, Long Island April 9

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Environmental officials are saying the massive brush fire that destroyed two homes and a commercial building on eastern Long Island was intentionally set.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation sent a preliminary report last week to the Suffolk County police arson squad listing the cause as "incendiary," meaning arson.

However, the police department says the cause of the April 9 fire has yet to be determined.

More than 100 fire agencies responded to the blaze in the Ridge and Manorville area.

One firefighter was hospitalized with minor burns. Two other firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation.

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