Skip to comments.BREAKING: 50 homes destroyed in 6-alarm fire in Queens (Breezy Point, NY)
Posted on 10/30/2012 1:30:15 AM PDT by LibertyRocks
NEW YORK (WABC) -- Firefighters are battling a six-alarm fire in the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens. Officials say the fire was reported at about 11 p.m. Monday and involves about 50 houses situated in a flooded Zone A area. A fire department spokesman says nearly 200 firefighters are currently at the scene. He says two people have suffered minor injuries. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
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I don’t think that acts of God will be covered. Most likely they will be paid by Uncle Sugar with disaster relief. It is going to take a long time for all these folks to recover from the loss. Prayers up for the victims.
That is horrible.
Doesn’t the city have pumper trucks? Couldn’t they pump all the flood water onto the fires?
Go back to DU where you belong with that mentality.
Unfortunately, it’s even worse.....FOX Radio News at 11 AM Eastern time reported more than 80 homes destroyed.
I agree with you, the New yorkers are showing their true colors and will vote for soetoro regardless. New york is a soetoro welfare gimme state.
People who can afford a second house in this area are NOT Barry supporters. Don't spew bs when you don't know what you're talking about.
We had a huge fire in our area with no weather involvement at all -- the earth around a new house settled and one day just ruptured the gas line underground. During this kind of a storm, with water coursing at great force, this could have happened there, too. Please don't be so fast to condemn these people, many of whom are the "upper working class" who live for their house at the shore and summers with the family. Many laboring families have handed down beachfront lots outside of NYC and in NJ in families for generations since the first immigrant managed to get a lot for $1000 in 1925 or so. Breezy Point isn't the Hamptons.
When it started a FD truck, police officer, and a journalist were actually got stranded on a small area of ground at high tide during the storm surge. They had a special crew in boats rescuing those who hadn’t evacuated, but there really was no way to stop the flames - especially since the winds were still 50+ miles/hour and on that point of the island they whip around like crazy on a normal day - or so they reported. The FD had to evacuate again at high tide this morning and spots were still popping back up. They couldn’t turn off the gas, according to some reports I heard.
There were also other fires popping up around the same time in other areas of that neighborhood - at one point the reported pointed to four different fires around where they were, and more red glowing areas in the distance. The video feed is like a scene out of a horror movie when it was at its worst last night. Basically all they could do was contain it given how fast it was moving.
Sorry if the above is jumbled - trying to remember details to the best of my ability. It’s like “late night” to me right now as my schedule is screwed up, and I’ll be retiring for some rest in a bit. :)
Wondering if you’ve heard any news. Thinking of you, and hoping your brother and friends are alright physically, even though I’m sure this is a hard time regardless.
Yep, that’s what I’m reading now... between 80 and 100 homes destroyed just in that area... Frightening to try and comprehend that alone - besides all of the other damage to various areas, and landmarks, and such all along the coast, and even inland in some areas. Just devastating... My heart goes out to everyone because even if your home was unaffected every other aspect of life in the city, and especially in New Jersey is definitely not...
Even flooded and power “turned off” there are still ignition sources. Cable lines can carry some power as do phone and data lines. Lightening or a hot power line miles away that falls on a TV cable line can also energize a cable line.
Gas is very easy to ignite, even a static elect spark is enough to do it.
Lots of retirees there...hope all got out safely.
It was a nightmare scenario...folks in a high rise apt. building isolated by water, next to a burning building tossing embers onto their roof!
Many retired FDNY and NYPD live there.
God be with them all, and all those who lost their homes and belongings.
This is bigger than Katrina.
Let’s see how good Obama does...after all his criticism of Bush.
It sounds like some kind of nuclear war, end of the world sci-fi movie.
Must feel like it, too.
My oldest daughter was considering grad school in NYC but ended up in CA instead. Good thing, too.
Of course, with the way I watch the weather, I would have insisted she pull out ahead of time, just in case. But she knows quite a few people still there. She said they were proud of the fact that they had prepped for the storm and had food and water for a few days, but that is not going to be nearly enough. There are a lot of people who are going to have to leave because no food, no water, no electric, no services, and the problem is, no transportation, flooded roads, flooded subways, last I heard Amtrack quit running, airport is probably still closed. About all that’s left is feet or bikes.
And where are all those people going to go and how are they going to eat and survive until they get there?
I don’t think they’ve begun to see the worst there.
I hope your brother and friends were helped! Please let us know, Beach_Babe.
but our flag still flies ...
sections of boardwalk halfway down Beach 121
not all of Breezy burned down --- note: Bob Turner, the Republican who replaced Anthony Weiner, lost his home in the fire
I'm not sure what street this is ...
200 block of 129th ... that's St. Francis DeSales school on the left
Harbor Light is gone (130th & Newport) ... the owner, Bernie Heeran, lost his son Charlie on 9/11
another view of Harbor Light ... note: this is within feet of where AA Flight 587 crashed
looking west from 102nd ... boardwalk, playground, and Shore Front Parkway missing
Fulton Walk, Breezy Point
Breezy Point - It appears the fire was between Ocean Ave and Kildare Walk. Basically the "heart" of Breezy Point.
Only traffic 'out' is via Marine Park Bridge ... no traffic allowed in. National Guard assembling in Broad Channel, generators being readied. That's all for now.
with just 4 billion dollars per day, Obama can fix that. He’ll use union labor, designate it as housing for middle income, provide tax incentives for minority biz owner constructors, do an environmental study, and in 8 short years, the place will be good as new...
(It's an AP photo so can't hot link; Wall Street Journal photo slideshow there, too)