Top photo: A quick-moving smoky fire hit a home at 541 Beach 134 Street at about 6:45 p.m. on Friday, July 20, blocking off parts of Cronston Avenue and the bay block of Beach 134 Street. All photos by Howard Schwach.
There were four teens and children in the home when the fire was called in, and they quickly fled the home and went to a next door neighbor’s home.
The fire was declared “all-hands” shortly after the first units responded, bringing eight companies and more than 40 firefighters to the scene. Fire officials say that they believe the fire started in a basement laundry room and quickly spread up the rear of the home into the second floor, which was fully involved when the fire units arrived.
Left photo: Emergency medical technicians stood by in case they were needed, but there were no injuries as a result of the fire.