Commack firefighters acted quickly to extinguish a fire that broke out at Commack Corners Monday night.
Shopping Center business owners said a woman walking to the Suffolk County bus stop in front of the Commack Corners saw heavy smoke coming from one of the businesses and dialed 911 at roughly 7 p.m. She warned business owners and shoppers to evacuate the building.
Commack and Kings Park fire departments responded to initial reports of smoke and fire at Macy's shopping center. Commack Chief Kiernan Keane said firefighters found the fire was in the backroom of the and had started to spread up into the ceiling.
"Every single one of those stores shares a common ceiling, if the fire gets up into the ceiling it can spread quickly," Keane said.
Firefighters broke the glass doors to the neighboring Launder Center, Gold Standard and Anthony James Salon to enter the stores and check to see if the fire had spread.
Two neighboring stores, Launder Center and Gold Standard, were damaged by the smoke, according to Keane.
Smithtown's fire marshall and Suffolk County Police's arson squad were called to the scene. The cause of the fire is not known at this time
Commack Ambulance was on the scene in case of any injuries, while East Northport Fire Department assisted while Commack and Kings Park responded to the fire.