The busy shopping area on Beach 116 Street between Newport Avenue and Rockaway Beach Boulevard was closed for a few hours on Thursday, February 10 due to a smoky fire at The Gift Is Love shop. The street was closed off in both directions as fire units worked to knock down the fire.
The owner and her husband go into the store after the fire was out to look at the damage. With the addition of emergency lighting, the store was reopened on Saturday.
Store owners on the street gather to watch the fire. The attorney’s office on the second floor, Trainor and Associates, also suffered some smoke damage.
The all-hands fire brought 12 fire units and more than 60 firefighters to the scene because fire officials were worried that the fire would spread in the attached, woodframe buildings.