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Popular Long Island diner destroyed by early-morning fire


A pre-dawn fire tore through a popular Long Island diner Thursday, forcing the partial demolition of an eatery run by the same family for three generations.

Officials said the blaze at the Harvest Diner in Westbury started just after 5 a.m. as workers were preparing for the morning crowd.

About 200 firefighters responded to the restaurant on Old Country Road, which was closed in both directions because of the fire.

One firefighter suffered a minor laceration injury while battling the blaze.

No one was inside when the fire broke out, officials said. The damage was so extensive that part of the building will have to be demolished.

The restaurant had been recently renovated, according to its website.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.