SUNNYSIDE, Queens — Firefighters, police officers and utility workers are expected to remain in place well into Thursday night, and possibly into Friday morning, at the scene of a massive fire that left at least 12 people injured. The blaze also completely destroyed a row of businesses here, and caused a roof collapse and explosion that left more than a half dozen firefighters in need of medical attention.
The fire broke out at 2:14 a.m. Thursday in a row of businesses on Queens Boulevard and 45th Street, according to FDNY officials. By the time the blaze was fully involved, nearly 200 emergency personnel had been called to the scene. It was a five-alarm blaze.