By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 25, 2019

NORTH MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (AP) - Long Island fire authorities were seeking the cause of a blaze that tore through a firehouse Wednesday, destroying three fire trucks and an ambulance before it could be put out.

Nassau County police said nobody was in the firehouse at the time. The early morning blaze in in North Massapequa was eventually extinguished by multiple fire departments from surrounding areas after arriving firefighters found the firehouse engulfed in flames.

“We made an attempt to get the trucks out of the building,” North Massapequa Fire Chief Joseph Pascale told reporters. He said explosions prevented about 120 firefighters from about two dozen departments from saving the equipment.

Authorities said that by late morning, the fire was out, and investigators were trying to determine its cause. Although arson and bomb squad investigators were among those looking into the fire, it was not believed to be suspicious, according to police.

An emotional Pascale said the fire hurts his department “tremendously,” but he added that other fire departments on Long Island had been generous with offers of help.

“So we will come back from this and we will come back better,” he said.

Pascale described to reporters the irony of putting out a fire at a firehouse.

“This is something we do on a daily basis to help everybody,” he said. “And it happened to us. … And on Christmas.”

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