Dunes Ablaze

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Thanks to the quick actions of the FDNY on Tuesday night, a dune fire was quickly put under control

At around 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, emergency responders reported to a large fire in the dunes near the boardwalk between Beach 113th and Beach 114th. Police were the first on the scene and attempted to put out the fire with an extinguisher, but they were unable to control it. Within a few minutes, FDNY firefighters from the nearby firehouse followed and were able to quickly extinguish the blaze with a hose.

It is not clear how the fire started. Some recording the scene on the Citizen app speculated it could’ve been done on purpose, or accidentally sparked by a cigarette. Due to low humidity and higher temperatures, there was a dry weather/fire warning issued for parts of New York on Tuesday.

The Rockaway Times reached out to the FDNY press office for further information but did not receive a response by press time. As seen on Wednesday, evidence of the fire remained with scorched dune plantings and sand.

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