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Five-alarm fire rips through Sunnyside; aid meeting tonight

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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:08 pm

Seven firefighters and five civilians suffered injuries, one of them life threatening, as a result of a five-alarm fire in Sunnyside on Thursday morning.

The blaze begin around 2 a.m. and took down a number of businesses on Queens Boulevard at 45th Street.

Romantic Depot burned down, only months after opening at the site of what used to be RadioShack.

Other businesses hit include New York Style Eats and Zen Yai, a Vietnamese noodle and coffee shop, The UPS Store, Sidetracks, a bar and restaurant.

The FDNY said on Twitter at 8:23 a.m. that the fire had been placed under control.

Politicians commented about the devastation while thanking the firefighters who prevented it from being worse.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) tweeted, “Thank you @FDNY Chief Baggott and all who responded to the Queens Boulevard fire. Grateful for those who risked their lives to fight this fire. #Sunnyside is hurting today. But also appreciative of your service. We will help our neighbors in any way possible.”

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he was “heartbroken” to learn about the fire. “I reached out to various agencies, including the American Red Cross, Office of Emergency Management, FDNY, Small Business Services, and the Small Business Administration to offer my assistance in recovery and rebuilding efforts,” he said in a statement.

Gianaris added he had the injured people on his mind.

“My thoughts are with them and and their families in hopes of a speedy recovery. I thank them and the more than 200 FDNY members who responded for their bravery.”

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) tweeted, “My thoughts & prayers are with those impacted by the fire in Sunnyside, including the 7 FDNY firefighters who were injured & community members whose businesses and livelihoods were damaged. We will do what we can to help them rebuild what they lost.”

City Comptroller Scott Stringer tweeted, “Devastated for the Sunnyside community affected by the fire on Queens Blvd.

Thank you to @FDNY and all those who risked their lives fighting it. My thoughts are with you — we will do all we can to support rebuilding. @SunnysideShines.

UPDATE

On Monday night, there will be a Sunnyside Fire Relief Fundraiser at Sunnyside Community Services. Due to heavy interest, the event has been split into two separate seatings. The first is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and the second is from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

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