A&J Scrap Metal Processing, a junkyard in Jamaica, which may be owned by Victoria Gotti, daughter of late Mafia kingpin John Gotti, was engulfed in flames after a fire broke out this morning.
The blaze began at around 8:30 a.m. at the establishment, located at 95-49 Tuckerton St., according to Donna Clopton, the president of the 103rd Precinct Community Council, who was at the scene, and reported hearing pops from burning cars and seeing helicopters flying overhead.
The call came into the Fire Department at 9:02 a.m. and 40 units and 170 firefighters were on the scene three minutes later to battle the four-alarm blaze, a spokesman for the FDNY said. The fire remained out of control at a few minutes to noon. Two police officers and one firefighter sustained minor injuries, the FDNY said.
“I hear the metal fence is glowing red, its so hot,” Clopton said, adding, “Just heard the fire started because a battery exploded and caught gas in cars. It seems that batteries should never be stored in abandoned cars.”
The FDNY would not speculate on the cause of the fire and a spokesman said the agency would conduct an investigation after the blaze is extinguished.
The business was owned by Gotti as recently as last year, but it could not immediately be confirmed if she still holds the deed.
The junkyard abuts the Long Island Rail Road tracks that run toward Laurelton. York College is one block away on the other side of the tracks.