Service restored on LIRR after Nassau County fires

Regular rush hour service has resumed this morning on LIRR trains, following yesterday's massive fire in Westbury, one of a string of fires that broke out in Nassau County in a 24-hour period.

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- More information now after a string of fires on Long Island. Within a 24 hour period in Nassau County, they responded to five fires. Just a short time ago, we learned the Long Island railroad as you just heard Heather saying will operate regular rush hour service today. But questions remain after 2 propane tanks exploded outside a home in East Meadow. Eyewitness News reporter Diana Rocco joins us live from East Meadow. She has details on that. Good morning, Diana.

DIANA ROCCO: Ken, good morning. A really tragic and taxing 24 hours here in Nassau County with those five fires really taxing volunteer fire departments. And overnight, this home behind me was destroyed. Another was damaged when fire spread to 2 propane tanks.

That is the explosion that shook the neighborhood and destroyed the house when those two propane tanks exploded nearly spreading to a third. The fire started around 8:30 last night on Seventh Street. Firefighters say one person here suffered minor injuries.

Earlier, firefighters had all they can handle when a fire spread to a garbage removal factory. It lit up the sky, reaching 10 alarms yesterday morning. Hot spots still burning. Firefighters had to take out a wall near the LIRR causing service delays and call in mutual aid from Suffolk County.

KENNETH GASS: What made the operation very hard is the fact that the building is basically full, floor to ceiling of garbage and packaged garbage which is ready to be shipped. So we had to attack it from the exterior. And again, not being able to attack it from both sides of the building caused a delay in the tactics and a real hardship for the fire department.

DIANA ROCCO: Also, no firefighters were injured in that fire. Yesterday in Garden City, three people were killed tragically in a fire there.