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Fire Breaks Out in Second Floor of Malverne Home

Firefighters respond to Cornwell Avenue house fire Monday night.

A fire broke out Monday night in the second floor of a home on Cornwell Avenue near Maple Street, but no one was injured and firefighters were able to quickly contain the damage.

When Malverne's Assistant Fire Chief James Lang arrived at the scene shortly before 8 p.m., he was told my Malverne Police that there was smoke coming from the second floor extension of the home. He found the homeowner, who told him that everyone had already evacuated.

"I went in through the side door, made my way up the interior stairs and got about halfway up when I was met with heavy smoke and heavy heat," Lang told Patch. 

Lang instructed firefighters to get water from the nearby hydrant and stretch the line.

"We all regrouped, went back up and found the main body of fire, which was in the front portion of the second floor extension," he said.

They opened up the hose line and extinguished the fire. Then, the truck company went in and overhauled the area with their hooks, opening up the walls.

"They found it was mainly contents -- a bed, carpet, and a dresser -- and it got into a closet a little bit and into a wall that divides the extension to the main portion of the house," Lang explained. 

The exact cause of the fire was not known at the time. The Nassau County Fire Marshal was called into to investigate, but Lang said, "We found nothing suspicious."

The home did contain a legal apartment.

The Lakeview, Valley Stream, Elmont, and Franklin Square Fire Departments also assisted at the scene, while the Lynbrook Fire Department stood by at the Malverne fire house.

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