After a fire broke out early Thursday at St. Rocco’s Bakery, residents of surrounding houses were asked to evacuate by .
Det. Christopher Albin, who was assigned to the case, said it was necessary “due to the intensity of the fire and the relationship of the bakery to nearby homes.”
Numerous fire departments from surrounding areas responded to assist the in extinguishing the blaze and to prevent it from spreading, said Det. Albin.
Director of the Building Department, Richard Summa, said construction to the new bakery was almost three-quarters of the way finished when the fire occurred.
“It was engulfed,” said bakery owner, Lisa. “It’s pretty devastating.”
She pointed to a wall adjacent to the bakery, covered in black ash, saying it “stopped her [neighbor’s] garage from going on fire.”
The incident follows an after a fire partially destroyed the building in December, 2007.
Calls reporting the large fire were received at approximately 3:10 a.m., according to Det. Albin. The bakery was scheduled to open this fall.
The fire has been deemed suspicious in nature and is currently under review by the Arson Bomb Squad, the Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Glen Cove Police Department. No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls will remain anonymous.