Two critically injured in blaze above a storefront on Bell Boulevard in Bayside

Photos by Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech

Two people suffered serious injuries during a blaze that broke out in a Bayside building on Tuesday afternoon.

A representative from the FDNY stated that after 3 p.m. on Jan. 15, they received a call regarding a fire on the second floor of 42-28 Bell Blvd., nearby the Mr. Pollo Colombian Restaurant.

As of 3:20 p.m., the FDNY deployed their first responding crew of firefighters and emergency personnel. Two people were critically injured in the fire and were taken to local hospitals.

The Fire Department posted on Facebook that members of Ladder Company 167 forced open the front door and a second-floor door to reach the two victims. Both were unconscious when the firefighters located them.

The fire was under control by 4 p.m. At this time, it is not known what caused the fire.

Ray Garcia, a resident of Bayside, was eating at the restaurant with a friend when the fire started.

“We ran out, the food was on the table and everything,” said Garcia, who works as a super at Pear Tree Co-op. “We just started eating and a woman just came in with a baby screaming fire, fire!”

Video submitted by Ray Garcia

This is a developing story; check with QNS later for further updates.

Video provided by an anonymous bystander

Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech contributed to this report. Updated at 5 p.m.

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