The acrid smell of smoke and an ominous white haze permeated multiple streets in Richmond Hill Thursday afternoon as firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze that gutted three homes and injured 16 people.
The Fire Department received a call at 5:11 p.m. on Thursday reporting a fire in an unattached residence at 107-47 112 St. in Richmond Hill. The fire spread to two adjacent semi-attached homes and went to three alarms, with a fourth called for relief efforts as the blaze was brought under control about two hours later. The FDNY said 39 units and 168 firefighters responded to the fire, fighting the flames in 90-degree heat. The incident resulted in the rerouting of two bus lines during rush hour.
All 16 injuries, including 13 firefighters and 3 civilians, were considered minor.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.