FDNY Battles Major Far Rockaway Fire


Sirens blared throughout the neighborhood as local FDNY units and those from as far as Brooklyn were called to the scene of a four-alarm apartment building fire in Far Rockaway on Sunday, September 9. Due to quick action, there were no fatalities, but some were hospitalized and many families were left displaced.

A fire broke out on the seventh floor of 439 Beach 22nd Street on Sunday at about 5:55 p.m. Flames and heavy smoke could be seen billowing from the roof of the building. The fire quickly grew to a four-alarm, requiring heavy backup. According to the FDNY press office, 38 units and 168 firefighters were on the scene. FDNY was able to save the building and the fire was under control by 8:20 p.m. There were no casualties, but the FDNY press office says there were "19 patients," including 11 firefighters and eight civilians. Their injuries were non-life threatening. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Soon after the fire, the American Red Cross arrived on scene to assist displaced families. The Red Cross registered a total of six families with a total of 23 adults and seven children.

If you'd like to help those affected, Queens Law Associates (1857 Mott Avenue) is holding a collection. They're looking for new underwear and socks, t-shirts and loose pants, school supplies, non-perishable food items and prepared foods. Donations can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Call 718-261-3047, ext. 618., for more info.

Photos by Dan Hamelburg/NYCFireWire.