'Suspicious' Fire In Flushing Injures 12: FDNY

The Patch - June 05, 2018

by Danielle Woodward, Patch Staff

Ten firefighters and two civilians were injured in the blaze early Monday morning, authorities said.

FLUSHING, QUEENS -- A "suspicious" fire that broke out early Monday morning in what was supposed to be a vacant Flushing home left a dozen people injured, fire officials said.

More than 100 firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire after receiving a 911 call about the blaze that started just after 2 a.m. inside a home on 41st Avenue near 147th Street, an FDNY spokeswoman told Patch.

Ten firefighters were sent to local hospitals for minor injuries from the blaze, and two civilians were rushed to Cornell Medical Center in serious condition, the FDNY spokeswoman said.

But FDNY Deputy Chief Brendan McSweeney told ABC 7 Eyewitness News no one was supposed to be in the building at all.

"It's supposed to be a vacant building," McSweeney told the news station.