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Queens Chronicle

Brush fire in wildlife refuge

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:52 am, Thu May 2, 2013.

A fire broke out in a section of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel around noon Monday near a section of the A subway line under reconstruction after being damaged in Hurricane Sandy.

The flames erupted near the north shore of the refuge. Billowing smoke could be seen across the bay in Howard Beach and at JFK Airport.

FDNY trucks from as far away as Ozone Park responded to the blaze, as did the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department. The fire was located close to a construction site, where repairs are being made to the A train subway tracks that connect Howard Beach to the Rockaway Peninsula. The tracks were washed out during Sandy.

While firefighters battled the blaze, trucks carrying construction materials were moved onto Cross Bay Boulevard and police shut down the northbound lanes periodically for about an hour in order for fire crews to access the scene.

An FDNY spokesman said officials have not yet determined a cause and he was not sure if the subway construction was a factor.

No one was injured in the fire.

— Domenick Rafter

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