NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Seven firefighters were injured while fighting a raging fire in Flushing, Queens.
The flames raged when the FDNY crews arrived just before midnight late Friday night.
Christina Fan of CBS2 reported that it took more than 200 firefighters several hours to put down the fire, but they eventually managed to put out the flames.
Investigators believe the fire started in a hair salon on the first floor of a three-story building near 37th Avenue and Main Street.
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Firefighters said the flames spread to two neighboring buildings, making the fire difficult to burn down and causing a partial roof collapse in one building.
“It’s a very significant fire. The seventh alert requires a lot of staff, ”said FDNY battalion chief Paul Miller. “It was very stubborn.”
Several businesses – including a pharmacy, restaurant, and hair salon – were either damaged or destroyed, reports Kiran Dhillon of CBS2.
There is a dance studio in one of the affected buildings.
“We have been coming here for ballroom dancing for many months,” said one woman. “It’s one of the few studios here, so it’s a big deal.”
The fire is now under control and seven firefighters are currently reported with non-life threatening injuries. (Photo credit: @nycemergencymgt) pic.twitter.com/TB4haYYP6g
– FDNY (@FDNY) January 9, 2021
No one was believed to be in any of the buildings during the fire, but seven firefighters were injured and taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Kevin Zou, a patron of the hair salon and pharmacy, says he feels for the business owner.
“I’m broken, especially now, with the pandemic, everyone barely survives,” he said.
In the meantime, the firefighters will stay on site until Sunday morning.
“To make sure the building’s stability is maintained so it doesn’t deteriorate further,” Miller said. “And at this point there will likely be an interagent meeting with the Department of Buildings, OEM, to determine what will happen.”
The FDNY is currently saying that the cause of the fire is still being investigated.
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Christina Fan and Kiran Dhillon from CBS2 contributed to this report.