From the FDNY Facebook Page:
“The call came in at 5:30 p.m. this evening for an odor of smoke at 1750 University Avenue. There was heavy fire on arrival and a smoke condition. Our members were on scene in under four minutes. We have over 50 units here and over 200 Firefighters and EMTs on scene,” said Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh. “There is obviously a loss of property in the community tonight, but thanks to the hard work of our members, no loss of life this evening. So, this is a large fire and a lot of work for our members. But it’s what they do every day. And they did a phenomenal job.”
Chief of Department John Hodgens said,” The store had just closed up for the night and the gates were down. We had to force entry into the store. Our members quickly got inside and started to fight the fire. The fire was advanced and it was up in the space between the ceiling and the roof. The fire eventually gained a lot of headway and we were forced to evacuate the building due to the heavy volume of fire. We quickly put tower ladders in operation and had hand lines in all of the exposed buildings. We were able to keep the fire contained to just this one building.”
This evening FDNY members worked to extinguish a 5-alarm fire at 1750 University Avenue in the Bronx. There were three injuries to Firefighters and one injury to a civilian. The fire is now under control.