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Blaze Breaks Out Inside Garden City Doc's Office

Medical office on Washington Avenue catches fire Friday afternoon.

A fire broke out inside a doctor's office on Washington Avenue in Garden City late Friday afternoon.

Garden City firefighters responded to 231 Washington Ave., the office of Dr. Xenophon Xenophontos, M.D., around 3:30 p.m. 

Approximately 20 people who were inside the vascular and endovascular surgeon's office had to evacuate, according to a witness at the scene. 

Firefighters had to break through the roof of the building to battle the blaze, which was placed under control by 3:45 p.m. The exterior of the building didn't appear to suffer much damage, according to the witness, but he said the inside was gutted.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time. 

This is a developing story, which Patch will update as more information becomes available.

david stevens June 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM
How very sad. That buidling used to be a Mobil gas station back in the 60's. Then it for most of the next 30 years it remained vacant. Its most telling landmark was the cupola on the top.