Fire

Breezy Point blaze destroys 80+ homes
News Billy Rennison 10/30/2012 at 8:33AM

A six-alarm fire destroyed more than 80 homes in Breezy Point as hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze and rescued residents. The fire broke out at approximately 11 p.m. last night in Breezy Point, one of the neighborhoods Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered evacuated ahead of Hurricane Sandy. Nearly 10 hours later, areas of the flames [...]

Headlines from around the web
Headlines from around the web
News Alexa Altman 9/30/2012 at 11:31AM

Pizza delivery boy rapes woman in her Upper West Side home A demented pizza delivery boy raped an upper West Side woman Saturday as her 7-year-old daughter slept in the bed beside her — and then offered an apology before fleeing, police and the victim said. Cesar Lucas, 16, was busted at his boss’ 10th Ave. [...]

Queens Morning Roundup
News Billy Rennison 9/28/2012 at 7:14AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Friday: Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. High near 74. Breezy, with a southeast wind 14 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches [...]

Man’s threat to light self on fire locks down Flushing school
News Melissa Chan 9/27/2012 at 12:32PM

A 75-year-old Asian man from Bayside is undergoing psychiatric evaluation after he threatened to douse himself with gasoline and light himself on fire in a Flushing park, police said. The NYPD could not disclose the man’s name because of current medical testing, but said he took over a wooden tool shed in Kissena Park on [...]

Serial arsonist, who set 13 fires in Queens, arrested
Serial arsonist, who set 13 fires in Queens, arrested
News Melissa Chan 9/27/2012 at 7:43AM

A serial arsonist has been arrested and confessed to setting 13 fires in Flushing, including a three-alarm inferno that injured 19 firefighters and two civilians in August, fire officials said. Thien K. Dinh, 43, of the Bronx, was arraigned in Queens on September 15 and charged with starting a series of fires within a three-week [...]

Deli owner bereft after Flushing blaze
Deli owner bereft after Flushing blaze
News Melissa Chan 8/23/2012 at 1:39PM

Nineteen firefighters and two civilians were seriously injured after a raging three-alarm fire tore through a four-story home in Flushing early this week, fire officials said. “It was like a possessed building,” said nearby neighbor Charles G., who did not want to give his last name. “It was a stubborn fire. The fire on the [...]

Douglaston home destroyed by fire had $1,000s in violations
Douglaston home destroyed by fire had $1,000s in violations
News Melissa Chan 8/22/2012 at 10:27AM

A Douglaston home under renovation, ravaged last week by a three-alarm fire, had incurred a laundry list of complaints and racked up thousands of dollars in violations, according to city agencies. The 39-12 Douglaston Parkway dwelling received 44 complaints since March 2008 from callers saying the ongoing construction work being done at the site exceeded [...]

3-alarm fire engulfs Douglaston home
3-alarm fire engulfs Douglaston home
News Billy Rennison 8/15/2012 at 10:18AM

More than 100 firefighters battled a blaze at a home on Douglaston Parkway last night. The fire erupted at 7:50 p.m. at the Douglaston home that was under construction and unoccupied at the time. “I told the Fire Marshal I heard three explosions,” said Thomas Perrino, of Little Neck. The explosions sounded like a gas tank, [...]

Following 2011 fire, O’Neill’s looks toward November reopening
Following 2011 fire, O’Neill’s looks toward November reopening
News Billy Rennison 7/19/2012 at 11:44AM

A white SUV pulled alongside George O’Neill as he sat next to the lot where his restaurant — O’Neill’s — is rising from the ashes. “When are you going to open?” This is what George O’Neill’s life has become. The co-owner of the eponymous restaurant and bar sits outside the site that has been in [...]

Queens firehouses in danger
Queens firehouses in danger
News Billy Rennison 5/30/2012 at 10:00AM

Politicians, civic leaders and firefighters rallied recently in Queens to prevent 20 fire companies from going up in smoke. Dozens gathered on Tuesday, May 29 outside Engine 294 in Richmond Hill, one the 20 fire companies that may close due to budget cuts, including students from nearby P.S. 273. The children, brandishing signs, led the [...]