2012-03-23 / Top Stories

Arverne Apartment Fire Traps Two Seniors

FDNY Ladder Rescue Pulls Them From Flames


Site of the fifth floor fire at Ocean Bay Houses. All photos by Susan Locke. Site of the fifth floor fire at Ocean Bay Houses. All photos by Susan Locke. A smoky fire in an Arverne apartment building drew fire units from all over Queens early on Thursday morning, responding to a call of people trapped on the fifth floor of the building.

Fire officials say that the first call for the fire at 410 Beach 54 Street in the Ocean Bay Houses came in to the 911 system at 8:09 a.m. on March 22.

The apartment house fire quickly became an all-hands event, with more than a dozen fire units and 75 firefighters, including a rescue unit, on scene.

Two seniors were removed from the apartment by ladder, eyewitnesses say.

The fire was declared under control at 8:47 a.m.

Fire officials believe that the fire was electrical in nature and arson is not suspected.

There were no injuries of either civilians or firefighters, officials say.



A fire truck stands by below the burnedout windows of the fifth floor apartment where the fire took place. A fire truck stands by below the burnedout windows of the fifth floor apartment where the fire took place.

Fire apparatus and ambulances line Beach Channel Drive near Beach 54 Street. Fire apparatus and ambulances line Beach Channel Drive near Beach 54 Street.

Firefighters take up line after the fire was declared under control at 8:47 a.m. Firefighters take up line after the fire was declared under control at 8:47 a.m.

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