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Queens Chronicle

Inferno rips through Jackson Heights building

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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:50 pm

A five-alarm fire broke out in a building that holds Plaza College, several stores and offices on Monday at 5:45 p.m.

Thick smoke billowed out of the third- and fourth-floor windows and inside, the rooms in the building, located at 37th Avenue and 75th Street, were charred to a crisp.

According to the FDNY, three people were injured, including one fireman.

One individual was transported to New York Hospital Queens in Flushing for severe smoke inhalation. The fireman suffered minor burns and a minor was brought to the hospital as a precaution — the child has severe asthma.

The stubborn fire took hours to put out and fire officials had as many as three hoses shooting water into the building at a time. They also cut off the building’s gas supply.

The cause of the fire remains unknown but with there being so many offices in the building, there was a lot of combustible material. Fire officials said the wind also played a major role in spreading the blaze.

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