The Rockville Centre Fire Department responded to a reported building fire on Sunrise Highway at North Centre Avenue. Chief of Department Avondet arrived and transmitted a second alarm for a gasoline tanker which lost control, overturned and crashed through the front a vacant building and burst into flames causing part of the building to collapse. The commercial building was involved on both floors and during the operation, another section of wall collapsed. Over two dozen Nassau County fire departments assisted at the scene as well as numerous County and State agencies. A foam operation was used with multiple master streams and handlines to extinguish the fire in the building and what was left of the tanker. Units were on scene for several hours hitting hot spots as the building was taken down. The driver escaped the truck and was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Three firefighters also suffered minor injuries. The cause of the accident was under investigation.           

 – Fire News photos by Paul Mazza,, and AJDPhoto