ABOVE: Harrowing moments were captured on camera Thursday as a backdraft caused a 5-alarm New York City fire to unexpectedly explode.
NEW YORK – A fire raged through a row of businesses in New York City early Thursday, collapsing part of a roof and injuring 12 people including seven firefighters.
None of the injuries was considered life-threatening, Emergency Medical Services Chief James Booth said at the scene.
The fire was reported in a restaurant around 2:15 a.m. Thursday on Queens Boulevard, and the flames spread between the roof and ceilings to neighboring businesses. About six businesses were affected, according to Assistant Fire Chief Anthony DeVita Jr.