Eighty flooded New York homes destroyed by fire amid ‘Sandy’
Queens, NY, United States (4E) – At least 80 homes in a flooded area in New York Tuesday have been wrecked by a six-alarm inferno that was contained by firefighters 12 hours after it was initially reported.
According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, around 200 firefighters, some standing neck deep in floodwaters, responded to the fire in the Breezy Point neighborhood in Queens that occurred early Tuesday amid Frankenstorm Sandy.
Bloomberg said the six-alarm blaze has been contained by 11 a.m.
He added that “the winds were just devastating, blowing from one building to the next one.”
Authorities stated that most of the area had been evacuated before the blaze and there were no reported serious injuries.
Emergency workers and volunteers have been canvassing the area to put out patches of lingering fires while others determine what had been gutted and lost.
In September, the same neighborhood suffered severe weather as a devastating cold front carried heavy rain, high winds and a tornado into the beachfront area of New York City.
Investigators are still checking the cause of the fire.