Massive Fire Engulfs Harlem Department Store

NY Post - May 19, 2020

by Kenneth Garger

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A fire tore through a store in Harlem Sunday night, hours after a blaze took the life of a 57-year-old man in Queens, authorities said.

The Harlem inferno erupted at 7:35 p.m. in a two-story building on West 125th Street near Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard occupied by Lazarus, a children’s clothing store, officials said.

Photos show firefighters trying to douse the roaring flames that engulfed the store’s second floor.

Thick, black smoke billowed from the blaze, catching the attention of social media users.

“This fire in Harlem is crazy I can see it from 40 blocks away,” one Twitter user wrote.

There were no immediate reports of injuries in that fire, which hours later was still not under control, the FDNY said.

Earlier Sunday, in East Elmhurst, a fire broke out at about 1:10 p.m. on the second floor of a house on 96th Street near 24th Avenue, the FDNY said.

A man was found inside by first responders and taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

No cause for either fire was immediately known.