The South Farmingdale Fire Department and Bethpage Fire Department Engine 5 (dual response) were alerted for a building fire at the Farmingdale Diner on Hempstead Turnpike. First Assistant Chief Mackie arrived to smoke coming from the diner. Chief of Department Klein arrived and took command. Bethpage Engine 905 was just leaving their quarters for training and were on the way immediately, followed by South Farmingdale Engine 972. As additional units arrived, they searched for the source of the fire, with smoke being reported in a basement office. Upon further investigation the fire was located in a wall on the main floor that was burning into the cockloft area. Crews from Ladder 978 and Bethpage Ladder 3 opened the wall to expose the pocket of fire while engine crews had two lines stretched. The fire was quickly extinguished and brought under control. The patrons in the diner at the time were all evacuated safely. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire was under investigation. Mutual aid to the scene was provided by Bethpage, North Massapequa and Farmingdale; East Farmingdale, Massapequa and Plainview stood by.

– Fire News photos by Paul Mazza and