2005-03-25 / Front Page

Wave Of Fires Hits Rockaway

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Firefighters from both the New York City Fire Department and the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire on West 16 Road in Broad Channel.Firefighters from both the New York City Fire Department and the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire on West 16 Road in Broad Channel.

Over a three-day period – March 20 to March 22 – three fires struck in three separate Rockaway neighborhoods.

While the fires caused only minor injuries, property damage was severe. The fires ranged from Far Rockaway to Broad Channel, with one in Arverne in also.

There were two reported injuries in the fire at West 16 Road in Broad Channel (March 20), Beach 15 Street in Far Rockaway (March 21) and Almeda Avenue (March 22).

Members of the FDNY surround the owner of the home on Beach 15 Street when she returned home after midnight to find the upper portion of her home destroyed by fire. Members of the FDNY surround the owner of the home on Beach 15 Street when she returned home after midnight to find the upper portion of her home destroyed by fire. According to the press office for the Fire Department (FDNY), the report of a fire at 15 West 16 Road in Broad Channel came in at 2:27 a.m. on March 20. The blaze – at a one-story, occupied frame home required 60 firefighters on 12 trucks to bring it under control.

On Tuesday an occupied, seven-story brick multi-dwelling was reported on fire at 10:44 a.m. Like the fire in Broad Channel, the all-hands-alarm at 51-45 Almeda Avenue took 60 firefighters and a dozen units to bring the fire under control. The fire began on the sixth floor, and was brought under control at 11 a.m.

Firefighters watch as several of their fellow workers steady a hose to spray water on any existing embers still burning. It took 110 firefighters to fight the fire on Beach 15 Street. Firefighters watch as several of their fellow workers steady a hose to spray water on any existing embers still burning. It took 110 firefighters to fight the fire on Beach 15 Street. The worst of the three blazes occurred at 329 Beach 15 Street The first alarm, at 11:24 p.m. on Monday, brought out four units to fight the fire. A second alarm raised the total to 25 units with 110 firefighters at the scene.

While there were no injuries in the fires of March 20 and March 22, two firefighters were injured on March 21.

“Two firefighters [suffered] second-degree burns,” a representative for the FDNY’s press office told The Wave. “They were taken to Nassau County Medical Center.”

The top portion and the second floor of the two-and-a-half story frame home was destroyed by the blaze. The Wave was told that the fire, which started on the second floor, was declared under control at 12:44 a.m.

“All [occupants] are accounted for,” a FDNY fire investigator told The Wave at the scene. “Not all were home at the time.”

At press time there was no word on the cause of any of the fires.

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