Fire Destroys More Than Half of Queens Building's 112 Units

NY Daily News - April 13, 2017


The raging blaze that tore through a Queens high-rise and seriously injured two firefighters destroyed nearly half of the 112 apartments inside, officials said Wednesday.

Fire marshals were still trying to determine what sparked the inferno at the 94th St. building near 57th Ave. in Elmhurst on Tuesday.

The 6:30 p.m. fire quickly spread through the building’s cockloft between the upper ceiling and the roof, officials said. All 112 apartments were evacuated.

“Because firefighters had such a quick response, we were able to save 60 apartments,” NYPD Chief of Department James Leonard said.

The Red Cross is helping 67 families — 144 adults and 31 children — cope with the disaster, an agency spokesman said.

Fifteen of those families needed emergency housing and had to spend the night at a nearby public school.

The fire was brought under control at about 10:30 p.m., officials said.

When the smoke cleared, two firefighters were taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital, respectively, with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Seven other firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Synagogue Catches Fire During Holy Week of Passover New York Post

By Joe Tacopino and C.J. Sullivan April 13, 2017 | 2:03am | Updated

A fire raged through the roof of a Brooklyn synagogue Thursday morning during the holy week of Passover, officials said.

The blaze started just after midnight Thursday inside the Congregation Kneses Israel of Sea-Gate synagogue, according to fire officials.

A Torah scroll and other religious artifacts were safely removed from the location.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters were battling the blaze early Thursday morning.

The Passover holiday started on Monday evening end on April 18.