Blaze on New York's Fire Island destroys 2 well-known gay resort landmarks; firefighters hurt

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An early morning blaze on New York's Fire Island has destroyed several structures, including two well-known landmarks in a historic gay resort.

Cherry Grove Assistant Fire Chief Craig Williams says three firefighters suffered minor injuries during the Friday morning blaze. Investigators from Suffolk County police and the town of Brookhaven are working to determine the cause.

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The fast-moving fire destroyed an apartment complex known as Holly House, as well as the Grove Hotel.

Two private homes were destroyed and three others damaged. None of the structures or homes was occupied in the primarily summer beach community.

Cherry Grove has been known since the late 1940s as a sanctuary where gay writers, actors and businesspeople from New York City and beyond escape to relax, hold hands and show affection in public.