FDNY battles three-alarm fire in Maspeth warehouse amid heat wave

(Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

The FDNY battled a three-alarm blaze in a Maspeth warehouse late at night on Tuesday, June 29, that left nine firefighters with minor injuries.

Nearly 140 firefighters dealt with extreme temperatures and heavy smoke conditions at the two-story commercial building at 55-30 58th St. just after 10:30 p.m.

Firefighters dealt with high temperatures, heavy smoke and fire conditions on Tuesday night. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)
Hundreds of firefighters operated during a three-alarm fire at a mixed-used occupancy building in Maspeth. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

The building, operated by Huang Jia Inc., housed paper and cardboard supplies. It had been shut down since New Year’s Day for violating COVID-19 protocols, after law enforcement discovered more than 10 people in the establishment during a party.

Firefighters were forced to use ladders and power saws to cut through metal security gates and plywood and to break glass just to gain access to the fire.

Firefighters work to force entry into a one-story mixed occupancy building on 58th Street in Maspeth on Tuesday, June 29. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)
(Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

Thirty-three units and 138 members of the FDNY operated five hose lines to knock down the blaze. The fire was placed under control just before 3 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday, June 30.

FDNY officials said the deep-seated fire was complicated by zero visibility and humidity, causing the smoke to bank down inside the tightly packed warehouse.

Firefighters take a rest after operating at a three-alarm fire in Maspeth on Tuesday night. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)
(Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

Searches of the building were negative as far as civilian casualties, but four firefighters were transported to area hospitals and treated for injuries during the fire.

Several firefighters suffered injuries while operating at a three-alarm fire in Maspeth. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

A total of nine firefighters were treated for injuries they suffered while battling the blaze, but they were relatively minor in nature, according to FDNY officials.