Mass laundry fire: Two firefighters injured in Queens, New York
Two FDNY firefighters were injured while battling a massive fire that broke out at a Long Island City, Queens, laundromat early yesterday morning, authorities said.
All hell broke out just before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday inside Green White Dry Cleaners on 30th Street near 48th Avenue and eventually grew to four alarms, with about 170 firefighters and EMS personnel responding to the scene.
“[Los bomberos] they encountered strong fire conditions throughout, advanced fire upon arrival,” FDNY Deputy Deputy Chief Chuck Downey told reporters. “We had to withdraw and go to an outside operation.”
Videos posted on the Twitter account @FDNY show firefighters working outside the building while a thick column of smoke leaves the structure. The images show flames coming out of the roof.
The fire was brought under control by 7 am, the FDNY said. Two firefighters were taken to local hospitals, one with shoulder and neck injuries and the other with a knee injury, Deputy Chief Downey said. Both in stable condition.
No more victims were reported. The cause of the fire remained under investigation yesterday, according to New York Post.