Five Alarm Fire Injures Eight in Queens

NY 1 - December 28, 2010

The New York City Fire Department says snow and wind complicated the response Monday to a five alarm fire in Queens.

The fire broke out just before 6:30 p.m. inside 41-72 Judge Street in Elmhurst.

Fire officials say it began on the top floor of the six-story apartment building and quickly spread.

Eight people were hurt, five of them firefighters.

The injuries are not considered to be life threatening.

Crews say they had trouble getting to the fire hydrants, because of the snow and abandoned cars.

Firefighters say cold and wind also made it hard putting out the fire.

"The fire was on the top floor. It started in apartment 6H; it went up into the void between the ceiling and the roof. It spread out from there but we were able to contain it to the one wing of the building," said FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph Carlsen.

"It's terrible for them because the hydrants are frozen so the Fire Department has to be working hard," said building resident Isnaya Medina.

There's no word yet on what sparked the fire.

The Red Cross is helping about 100 residents.