Fire marshals investigating Richmond Hill blaze that injured 11

Fire marshals investigating Richmond Hill blaze that injured 11
By Christina Santucci

About a dozen people suffered minor injuries when a four-alarm blaze spread through four stories of an apartment complex in Richmond Hill Tuesday evening, fire officials said.

A spokesman for the FDNY said eight of New York’s Bravest and three civilians were taken to North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System and Jamaica Hospital.

Emergency responders received the call about the building blaze on 129th Street between Kew Gardens Road and Metropolitan Avenue on the border of Kew Gardens just after 6 p.m., and the fire was upgraded to four alarms less than an hour later, a Fire Department spokesman said Tuesday night.

The fire appeared to be concentrated on the fourth and fifth floors, but the Bravest had to also battle the blaze on the third and sixth stories of the building, fire officials said.

At 9:14 p.m., the fire was classified as under control, and the blaze was still under investigation as of 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, the spokesman said.

About 39 vehicles and 168 members of the Fire Department were called to the scene to assist at the blaze, according to fire officials.

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