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DEC: Suffolk County Brush Fire Intentionally Set

Brush Fire Damage - Manorville, NY - Apr 10, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Brush Fire Damage – Manorville, NY – Apr 10, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

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MANORVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – State officials believe someone intentionally set a brush fire that scorched 1,100 acres in Suffolk County last month.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story


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.

PHOTOS: Long Island Brush Fire

The fire destroyed three homes along with a commercial property in the areas of Manorville and Ridge and forced residents to evacuate.

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

Even though state officials say it’s arson, Suffolk County police still aren’t sure. They have not determined an official cause.

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