A massive eight-alarm blaze tore through a Queens apartment building on Tuesday, injuring 21 people, including 16 firefighters, officials said.
The fire broke out inside an apartment and spread to the cockloft in the 150-unit apartment building at 89-07 34 Avenue in Jackson Heights just after 1 p.m., fire officials said.
Late Tuesday night, fire crews were still on scene working to control the blaze, according to FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Michael Gala.
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“This is a very complicated and prolonged operation. Heavy smoke and heavy heat conditions,” Gala said Tuesday night.
The injuries sustained by the firefighters and five of the building’s residents were considered non-life threatening, officials said.
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At least three of the firefighters were burned when they entered the apartment, which had its door left open, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said earlier Tuesday.
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“Very difficult for our members, very taxing,” Nigro said. The inferno displaced 240 residents from 90 units, officials said.