Smokey Fire Hits Shopping Street On A Cold Night
On what was the coldest night of the winter to date, fire and emergency medical units were drawn to a smoky fire that hit two stores on the Beach 116 Street shopping strip last Saturday, January 20. The first call came in at 8:40 p.m. from a passerby who saw smoke coming from under the iron grate covering the front of the Tobacconist. The fire quickly became an all-hands affair, with 12 fire units and 60 firefighters responding, joined by police who controlled traffic and EMS workers, who stood by awaiting casualties. Nobody was injured in the fire, which started in the soda fountain of the Tobacconist and spread to the dollar store next door. Both stores suffered minor physical damage but lots of smoke damage. Pictured, the front door of the dollar store stands open after firefighters went in to insure that the fire was extinguished.