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Five-alarm Queens Village warehouse fire under investigation: FDNY

By Sadef Ali Kully

A five-alarm fire inside a Queens Village food-packing warehouse near 218th Street is under investigation, FDNY officials said Monday morning.

The fire marshal was investigating the warehouse fire and Con Edison was on the scene.

Almost 200 firefighters raced to the scene Sunday around 6:20 p.m. to battle the blaze in a commercial building near 218th Street and 98th Avenue, FDNY said.

The fire, which required 40 fire trucks, lasted for almost four hours and came under control around 11:40 p.m., said officials.

According to the FDNY, a fire collapse zone was built around the food packing warehouse, FDNY said.

Exeter Food owns the food-packing warehouse, according to neighboring warehouse workers.

The warehouse is located on a strip of commercial warehouses along 98th Avenue in a mixed industrial and residential neighborhood.

One worker from a few buildings away from the fire scene said the food-packing business had been there for more than 15 years.

Two Exeter Food employees, a man and a woman, stood there staring in shock but did not speak to the press.

No firefighters were injured and as of Monday morning there were no signs that anyone had been inside the warehouse at the time of fire, officials said.

Reach Reporter Sadef Ali Kully by e-mail at skully@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4546.

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