Massive Fire Rips Through Top Floor of Elmhurst, Queens Apartment Building

WPIX - April 12, 2017


ELMHURST, Queens — A massive fire ripped through the top floor of an apartment building in Queens Tuesday evening, destroying multiple units and injuring several firefighters.

The blaze started around 6:30 p.m. at a multi-story building at 94th Street and 57th Avenue in the Elmhurst section of Queens.

The fire quickly grew to five alarms as black smoke billowed over the area.

Nine firefighters were injured, six transported to the hospital and three being evaluated at the scene. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

Red Cross has multiple teams on the scene for support. At least 112 units have been evacuated, but it is not known how many people have been displaced.

Those in the area should expect smoke, traffic delays and a presence of emergency personnel and vehicles in the area through the night.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.