Fire Tears Through Building
Deemed ‘Accidental’ By Authorities
By John C. McLoughlin
A vacant commercial building on Beach 98 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard was destroyed in a fire that tore through it on Sunday afternoon, April 2.
Fourteen units and 66 firefighters responded to the "all-hands" fire at 3:11 p.m. and had it under control by 4:13 p.m. All that remained after the fire was extinguished was the frame of the building.
There were no injuries reported. A Fire Department spokesperson told The Wave that the fire appears to be "accidental," but there will be a "further investigation."
Empty for at least 15 years, this building has been an eyesore in the redeveloping neighborhood.