breezy point fire

SANDY ONE YEAR LATER: Houses spring up in Breezy Point ‘fire zone’
SANDY ONE YEAR LATER: Houses spring up in Breezy Point ‘fire zone’
South Maggie Hayes 10/28/2013 at 10:57AM

Nobody can keep Breezy Point down, not even Sandy. A year after the storm wiped away longstanding houses and an electrical fire burned down 135 residences, the framework for dozens of homes have appeared, particularly in a once vacant, ash-filled lot, in what residents have called the “fire zone.” “The level of activity is mind [...]

SANDY ONE YEAR LATER: Family rebuilds after Breezy Point fire
SANDY ONE YEAR LATER: Family rebuilds after Breezy Point fire
South Maggie Hayes 10/24/2013 at 10:18AM

One year ago, Shamus Barnes found his Breezy Point home in the fire zone that Sandy left behind. “It just looked like a bomb went off in the area,” he said. “You heard about it on the news, but you actually didn’t think it was that bad until you saw it.” Barnes, 44, had been [...]

Cuomo passes bill to make rebuilding easier for Breezy Point residents
Cuomo passes bill to make rebuilding easier for Breezy Point residents
South Maggie Hayes 7/15/2013 at 12:43PM

Sandy left 135 homes incinerated and hundreds more damaged by flooding. Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a bill on Thursday, July 10 that will allow affected residents to waive the Board of Standard and Appeals (BSA) process and allow them to rebuild immediately. “Before today, Breezy Point residents faced the prospect of waiting up to a [...]

Lawsuit filed alleging negligence by power companies during Breezy Point blaze
Lawsuit filed alleging negligence by power companies during Breezy Point blaze
South Maggie Hayes 7/05/2013 at 2:27PM

The Breezy Point blaze during Sandy was “so massive, it looked like a forest fire,” said Billy Heeran, a Rockaway resident. Heeran owned what has been called an “iconic restaurant” in the neighborhood, the Harbor Light Pub. The family business had stayed afloat for over 30 years, but it was reduced to ashes the night [...]

After losing 40 years of memories in Breezy Point fire, homeowner fights for justice
After losing 40 years of memories in Breezy Point fire, homeowner fights for justice
South Maggie Hayes 2/04/2013 at 11:23AM

The cause of Sandy’s Breezy Point fire was electric, the FDNY announced in December. One month later, area resident Kieran Burke has initiated a lawsuit against the town’s power company, LIPA, and rallied his neighbors to fight for justice. “[LIPA’s] negligence destroyed my home and incinerated 40 years worth of memories,” said Burke. “That was [...]

Sandy first responders honored as Queens Courier Persons of the Year
Sandy first responders honored as Queens Courier Persons of the Year
News Queens Courier Staff 1/03/2013 at 9:00AM

With 2012  behind us, The Queens Courier is paying tribute to the first responders — those men and women who put their lives on the line every day, and who braved Sandy’s wrath to save, and help rebuild, lives. They have earned our respect and admiration, and a debt of gratitude. Here is are some [...]

Queens Courier Persons of the Year honoree: Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department
Queens Courier Persons of the Year honoree: Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department
South Billy Rennison 1/03/2013 at 8:18AM

With 2012 behind us, The Queens Courier is paying tribute to the first responders — those men and women who put their lives on the line every day, and who braved Sandy’s wrath to save, and help rebuild, lives. They have earned our respect and admiration, and a debt of gratitude. Here is one of their stories… [...]

Queens Courier Persons of the Year honoree: Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department
Queens Courier Persons of the Year honoree: Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department
News Alexa Altman 1/02/2013 at 10:28AM

With 2012 behind us, The Queens Courier is paying tribute to the First Responders — those men and women who put their lives on the line every day, and who braved Sandy’s wrath to save, and help rebuild, lives. They have earned our respect and admiration, and a debt of gratitude. Here is one of [...]