Fire Strikes at Queens Village Tire Shop - December 31, 2017

by Naeisha Rose

A fire broke out at a tire store in Queens Village on Christmas Eve.

The FDNY sent out 12 fire trucks and 60 firefighters to the Tire Express, located at 109-23 Springfield Blvd., shortly before 6 a.m. to put out a one-alarm fire at the tire store, according to their press office.

Police from the 105th Precinct were at the scene to block off the road surrounding the fire.

The building is a mixed two-story structure with the tire store located below an apartment unit, according to the FDNY. The fire was only in the tire store and smoke billowed to the top of the structure, according to the FDNY.

The fire left two people with minor injuries and both were later sent to area hospitals.

While firefighters stood atop the roof of the apartment above the tire store to put out the fire, the resident who lived in the unit sat inside her red minivan until smoke was cleared at 6:40 a.m. The resident declined to be identified, but at 7:30 a.m., said she was going back to her apartment to see what she could salvage.

Fire marshals will further investigate the cause of the fire into the New Year.