Two firefighters and three residents were injured on March 4 as a seven-alarm fire raged through 13 buildings in Richmond Hill, Queens. Nearly 200 firefighters were needed to control the blaze over a three-hour period. FDNY authorities said the fire spread quickly due to cold and windy conditions.
The fire originated at the Ace Caribbean Market on Liberty Street late Saturday and permeated the adjoining row of businesses and apartments. Firefighters were looking for trapped residents on a second floor, which is when FDNY authorities said “conditions rapidly deteriorated” and fast action was necessary.
One firefighter had mere seconds to use his personal safety system, an anchor and rope, to safely evacuate the building once all civilians were out.
Firefighters remained on-site Sunday morning to extinguish hot spots. The cause of the fire is being investigated, but authorities indicated that it may have been fueled by strong winds and have largely ruled out suspicious activity.
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