House fires break out across Queens on Saturday in Whitestone, South Richmond Hill and the Rockaways: FDNY

The first house fire of the day broke out at 455 Beach 64th St. in the Arverne section of Far Rockaway.
Photo courtesy of the FDNY

The FDNY battled several house fires across the borough on Saturday, beginning with a blaze at 455 Beach 64th Street in the Arverne section of Far Rockaway.

Engine 265 and Ladder 121 responded to a call just before 5:30 a.m. after a fire broke out on the second floor of a private residence near Thursby Basin Park. It took 12 units and 60 firefighters to bring the fire under control at 6:31 a.m.

A civilian and one firefighter suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were treated at the scene, according to the FDNY.

Less than an hour later, a call was received at 7:10 a.m. at a second house fire at 94-24 125th St. in South Richmond Hill following a report of smoke emanating from the basement of the private home. Twelve units filled the street between 95th Avenue and 94th Avenue in South Richmond Hill, bringing 60 firefighters and EMS personnel to the location. There were no injuries reported, but there was extensive damage to the two-story, detached house, according to the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB).

A home at 94-24 125th St. in South Richmond Hill was gutted by a blaze that appears to have been caused by hoarding conditions, according to DOB Inspectors. Photo courtesy of DOB

DOB found extensive fire damage to the home, which appeared to be unoccupied, including an open roof at the rear of the structure. Hoarding conditions were observed throughout the home. An adjacent home at 92-22 125th St. sustained non-structural damage to vinyl siding that melted due to the heat from the fire.

Photo courtesy of DOB

Inspectors issued a Full Vacate Order to 94-24 125th St. and ordered the owner to seal the premises in the interest of public safety.

Photo courtesy of DOB

In the afternoon, just before 2:30 p.m., the FDNY received a call of heavy fire conditions throughout a private home at 6-24 159th St. in Whitestone. The block between Riverside Drive and Powells Cove Boulevard was blocked off by 12 units and 60 firefighters and EMS personnel.

Two of the firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene. The blaze was brought under control just before 3:20 p.m. Propane tanks were reportedly found floating in a pool behind the home.

FDNY fire marshals will determine the cause of all three house fires.