A fire inside a thrift store in Upper Port Jefferson temporarily shut down traffic on Main Street south of North Country Road on Tuesday afternoon while firefighters put out the blaze.
Neighbors said that at about 1:50 p.m. black smoke started pouring out of the shop at 1528 Main Street. A business owner who saw the smoke called 911.
When police and firemen arrived, the door appeared to be locked, according to an account given to Patch in an email by a contributor who goes by Mels Ditties. An officer went to his car for an ax to gain entry. Firemen entered the building with fire extinguishers and water hoses to extinguish the flames. The fire department used a ladder to check a second story apartment for fire and smoke.
According to police on the scene, the fire started in a pile of merchandise on the bottom floor of the store. The Fire Marshal was on the scene investigating.
No cause has been determined for the fire as of yet.