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Three-alarm fire leaves O.P. families displaced

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Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2010 12:00 am

Two families have been displaced after a two-alarm fire quickly spiraled into a three-alarm emergency early Monday morning at Crossbay and Linden boulevards.

Firefighters responded to a call at approximately 8 a.m. of a fire on the first and second floors of 135-05 Crossbay Blvd., according to an FDNY spokesman. The two-floor building houses both Studio E Salon and Spa on the first floor and three apartments upstairs. It is still unclear on which floor the blaze, which within a few minutes was elevated from a two- to three-alarm fire, originated, the FDNY said.

The fire spread to two adjacent buildings, the top floor apartment at 135-03 Crossbay Blvd., which is located upstairs from Best Cleaners, and the top floor of 135-01 Crossbay Blvd., which happens to be the former residence of “On the Road” beat writer Jack Kerouac.

One unidentified victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital and three firefighters and one EMS worker were treated for minor injuries, according to the FDNY. The American Red Cross helped provide temporary housing for two families and financial assistance for three families affected by the blaze, according to Red Cross spokeswoman Marianne Darlak.

Heavenly Florist II, located on the first floor of 135-01, was still in operation at noon Monday, and a worker told the Chronicle the only damage to its store was flooding. Best Cleaners closed Monday because of the fire and Studio E Salon and Spa’s building was declared condemned.

Firefighters had the blaze under control by shortly after 8:30 a.m., leaving a substantial trail of glass and debris lining the sidewalk.

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