QUEENS: Firefighters battled a seven-alarm fire at an abandoned food processing plant on the Brooklyn/Queens border Monday that caused the disruption of J and Z train subway service between Broadway Junction and Jamaica Center at the peak of the afternoon rush hour.
The fire broke out just before 4 p.m. in the abandoned factory at 3301 Atlantic Ave. just across the border from Woodhaven. It quickly engulfed the factory causing thick black smoke to rise that could be seen as far away as Jamaica and Long Island City and created a thick haze in some Western Queens neighborhoods. The fire burned through the evening and into the night, even during a moderate rainfall. At least 40 trucks and more than 200 firefighters from both Brooklyn and Queens responded to the blaze.
Seven firefighters suffered injuries, of which three required hospitalization. The fire was brought under control around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, nearly 19 hours after it started. Subway service was restored around 3 a.m. but trains are bypassing the Crescent Street station in Brooklyn.