FDNY Probes Cause of Elmhurst Apartment Building Fire

NY 1 - April 13, 2017

by Michael Herzenberg

The city fire department is trying to figure out what sparked a massive fire that tore through an apartment building in Queens and forced more than a hundred people from their homes.

Flames broke out near the roof of a seven story building located at 56-11 94th Street in Elmhurst around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

More than 200 firefighters worked for about three and a half hours to get the fire under control.

The building suffered serious damage, but no residents were hurt.

"Miraculously no injuries to any civilians, all civilians were moved. The tragedy here though is that extensive damage to over 112 apartments," an FDNY official said at the scene.

Fire officials say the department's new drone was used for the second time to help firefighters get a better handle on the flames.

The Red Cross says it's working to help 175 people displaced by the fire, including 67 families.