Generator, stockpiled gas eyed in NY fires

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — As New York continues to recover from storm damage, emergency crews have their hands full responding to fires started by generators and stockpiled gasoline.

A home in Hempstead was destroyed this morning in a blaze that fire officials suspect was related to a generator that had been placed against the building's rear wall.

Newsday reports that a firefighter was taken to the hospital after a stairwell collapsed beneath his feet. He wasn't badly hurt and later returned to help fight the fire.

In New York City, a waitress, chef and busboy at a Manhattan restaurant suffered burns when a worker spilled gasoline in the kitchen. The Daily News reports that fire marshals are investigating whether the worker had hoarded the gas because of the fuel crisis.

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