NEW YORK – A fire has caused serious damage to a building in Roslyn, NY owned by Greek-Americans. The three-story building was severely to completely damaged after a fierce fire broke out on Saturday night, February 4.
According to Newsday, it happened shortly after 6 PM inside the building located on Northern Boulevard in the Flower Hill district. It is a complex which houses, for the most part, medical and dental offices, and is owned by the Tiglias family. As can be seen from the photos released, the fire most likely broke out on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
A total of 125 firefighters from 37 different departments in Nassau County were dispatched to the scene. Meanwhile, as Louis Tiglias told Newsday, he and his brother immediately went to the building to notify the tenants to evacuate – fortunately, no one was in the offices.
“My brother went there and knocked on every door and I went on the other side. There was no one there. We were worried about the tenants,” Tiglias said.
The work of the Fire Department proved to be difficult. An hour-and-a-half after the fire broke out, the incident had already risen to alert level 3, meaning ‘potentially catastrophic’, as the flames spread to multiple floors. In the end, the efforts of the firefighters paid off, with the fire gradually coming under control until it was fully extinguished.
The scene that the owners saw the next day, however, was devastating, as the damage, especially to the upper floors, was total.
“We are waiting for the authorities and engineers to assess the situation and see when they can go back in,” the building owner added.
However, in addition to the damage suffered by the building, the damage suffered by the tenants themselves is also significant, as dental and medical equipment is very costly and in some of the offices may have been completely destroyed.