Queens ***99-77-6021**7th Alarm** 110-14 Liberty Avenue Near 110th St. Fire in a mixed occupancy on all floors extended to exposures. NYCFIREWIRE Info
Billy G of Firefighter Close Calls reports:
A fast-moving inferno tore through a row of buildings in Queens late Saturday, destroying at least eight homes and leaving dozens of people homeless.
The seven-alarm fire started just before 11 p.m. in a store on the first floor of a row of two-story buildings on Liberty Ave. near 111th St. in Richmond Hill, the FDNY said.
More than 200 firefighters responded to battle the blaze, which quickly spread from the store to a dozen second-floor apartments, officials said.
FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard was on the scene, and described the dramatic moment a firefighter was forced to jump from a second-floor window after rapidly spreading flames trapped him in an apartment.