Two Civilians and 10 Firefighters Injured in Blaze that Engulfed Home in Queens

NY Daily News - June 05, 2018

by LAURA DIMON

Two civilians were seriously injured and 10 firefighters suffered minor injuries in a blaze that engulfed an abandoned home in Queens early Monday, authorities said.

More than 100 smoke eaters responded to the two-story house on 41st Ave. near 147th St. in Flushing starting about 2 a.m., the FDNY said. The flames spread rapidly throughout the entire residence, according to FDNY Chief Brendan McSweeney, who was on scene.

Two civilians were seriously injured and 10 firefighters suffered minor injuries in a blaze that engulfed an abandoned home in Queens early Monday, authorities said.

More than 100 smoke eaters responded to the two-story house on 41st Ave. near 147th St. in Flushing starting about 2 a.m., the FDNY said. The flames spread rapidly throughout the entire residence, according to FDNY Chief Brendan McSweeney, who was on scene.

Two civilians self-evacuated and were gone by the time FDNY arrived. They went to New York-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Hospital, officials said.

FDNY officials said two squatters had been staying inside the residence but couldn’t confirm if they were the two civilians hurt. The house had been vacant since 2013, authorities said.

The firefighters had the flames under control in about two hours. Fire marshals will investigate the cause of the fire.