BABYLON, N.Y. — A town official on Long Island says three unoccupied houses on a remote island have burned to the ground during the blizzard.

Babylon Town Supervisor Richard Schaffer says members of the Babylon Village Fire Department were dispatched Thursday morning to reports of fires at Oak Island.

The island has about 50 houses used primarily as vacation homes. It is in the Great South Bay on Long Island’s south shore.

Schaffer says firefighters had no way to access the island with equipment to fight the fires.

He said a nearby department provided a hovercraft taking personnel across the bay. A video showed fire trucks on a nearby road as the snow and wind howled.

The firefighters found none of the houses were occupied. He says the fires burned themselves out.

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