A four alarm fire consumed a row of commercial buildings on 37th Street in Jackson Heights, Queens between March 4-5, 2021.
Firefighters had a busy overnight as they battled a four-alarm fire that impacted a busy Queens commercial strip on Thursday night and a deadly apartment blaze in the East Village early Friday morning.
The Queens inferno was a four-alarm tempest that first broke out at about 10:49 p.m. Thursday night inside a one-story restaurant located at 37-54 74th St.
“Our units arrived within four minutes to find heavy fire in the restaurant occupancy,” said FDNY Assistant Chief John Hodgens. “Fire had extended from the basement into the upper level above the ceiling, which is called the cockloft, and spread to numerous stores down the street.”
Six units, in all, within the same building were impacted by the fire, Hodgens noted.
Seven firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze, which reached a fourth alarm at about 1:45 a.m. on March 5. In all, 39 FDNY units and 168 firefighters took part in the operation, working nearly six hours to knock down the flames.
The injured firefighters were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. No civilians were reported injured.
Firefighters eventually brought the blaze under control at about 4:11 a.m. Friday. The cause is now under investigation by FDNY marshals.