Residents of one Ozone Park block near one of the neighborhood’s busiest locations had a scary evening Sunday when a fire erupted in a two-story semi-detached house, filling the air with acrid smoke and bringing dozens of firefighters to the scene.
The blaze broke out on the first floor of 106-53 95 St. — one block from the busy intersection of Cross Bay Boulevard and Liberty Avenue — just before 6:30 p.m. FDNY units responded four minutes after receiving a 911 call reporting the fire, and fought the fire for nearly a half hour as onlookers stood by and watched.
“First I smelled the smoke,” said one resident who lives a few houses away from the home that suffered the fire. “Then by the time I came outside to see what was going on, the engines were racing up the block.”
Fire crews used the parking lot of the Esquire Diner, directly across the street from the scene of the fire, as a staging area.
The fire was declared under control at 6:57 p.m. No one was injured in the blaze. The Red Cross said it responded to the fire and helped a resident who lived in the home.