Brush Fire Ignites Fire fighter Call At Greentree


GreentreeFire_041515AOn Monday afternoon, April 13, Manhasset residents were met with the smell of smoke in the air. A fire broke out at Greentree, the former Whitney estate, at 3:45 p.m. According to fire officials, the brush fire started accidentally by landscapers working on the estate. The fire was called in by foundation officials.
The Greentree property covers approximately 400 acres and about three acres of brush burned according to Michael F. Uttaro, Nassau County assistant chief fire marshal. Over 200 firefighters from 17 companies managed to contain the fire within three hours.
The estate’s landscapers were working on cutting the lawn, high weeds and brush with a mower which sparked the fire. The fire was ruled accidental by Uttaro.
The rolling terrain, dense with trees complicated with high winds caused the fire to shift, making
is difficult for firefighters. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and another incurred a broken ankle. They were treated at North Shore University Hospital.
Firefighters were released from the scene around 9 p.m. after
putting out the last of the hot spots.
The Whitney estate stretches from Community Drive to Shelter Rock Road. The mansion was built in the early 1900s. None of the structures nor the mansion were affected by the fire.

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.


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