On Friday night, January 8th, a fire broke out on the first floor of a nail salon in a 3-story commercial (mixed-use) structure then spread to other businesses. What would start out as a 1st Alarm response, would quickly escalate to a 7th Alarm.
Firefighters brought the fire under control at 0851 EST on Saturday for the incident that was listed as Box 4464. 136-15 37th Avenue, on Main Street x 37th Avenue in the Flushing area in Queens, New York
Firefighters spent the morning on Saturday, January 9th with their continuous firefight from in frigid temps overnight with challenges they had in getting water on the fire due to difficult access.
Seven firefighters suffered minor injuries and three businesses were gutted.
The Queens Borough President Donovan Richards states his office stands ready to provide assistance to these businesses.
Significant events that played out during this incident:
7th Alarm (0519)
6th Alarm (0643)
5th Alarm (0221)
4th Alarm (0122)
3rd Alarm (0022)
2nd Alarm (0011)
1st Alarm (2357)
QUEENS FIRE HISTORY | For fires or incidents greater than 2nd alarms.
Queens has been known for its escalated fire alarms as many of the structures are attached to one another, called row houses that are made of old wood and several do not have smoke alarms.
In this day in age, it would not be surprising to know that many businesses also have not upgraded to sprinklers.
FDNY firefighters and their agency overall have been working tirelessly to educate and help provide the necessary tools to help their communities to become fire smart.
Here are some of the fires from over the years and even our most recent history in the last five years.
Large fire during Hurricane Sandy shows the large fire footprint left behind after the gigantic inferno in the Breezy Point area. 50 homes were destroyed.
11 injured with four in critical condition. Early morning house fire.
Large multi-alarm brush fire. So big and robust, it is picked up on a local news radar of just how gigantic it is from its smoke plume.
Home under construction catches on fire and taking two homes with it.
Big fire breaks out on Queens Blvd and 34-38th Streets. 3rd alarm. Commercial structure fire.
More than 160 firefighters responded, fought a huge blaze at a restaurant and injuring five people.
Five were killed including three children in a residential (dwelling) fire. Media reports there was no smoke alarm.
A landlord dies in a residential home fire.
Scrap yard fire. 5th Alarm. 187-10 Jamaica Avenue. Yard backs up to the Long Island Railroad. All LIRR trains were stopped during the incident.
Three are killed in a house fire.
Nine FDNY firefighters are hurt along with two civilians.
Bellerose Manor section. One person died. 7 firefighters were injured with conditions of minor to serious. Fire broke out around 1900 hours EST.
3rd alarm. House fire
4th alarm. Auto body shop.
5-alarm. 1-story commercial building on Queens Blvd. heavy fire and smoke conditions. Backdraft and explosion occurred. Minor injuries (firefighters).
Transformer explosion at Con Edison plant. LaGuardia Airport goes on lockdown and on emergency power. Many inbound flights holding and diverting. Passengers were held on aircraft at gates. Ground stop in effect. Turned the sky neon blue.
3rd alarm. House fire. 3-alarm. Structure fire. Box 4630. 94-02 42nd Avenue. Heavy fire on floors 1 and 2 of a 3-story private dwelling.
House fire. Child killed. Six others injured.
3-alarms. 93-13 101st Avenue. 2-story commercial structure with mixed occupancy. Fire in two buildings. Ozone Park.
An entire family perishes inside their home. Residential structure fire.
4 alarm. 78-17 101st Avenue. Fire throughout the whole building with extension to exposures 2 A, a 2-story wood dwelling. Ozone Park in Queens.
4 Alarm commercial structure fire.
3-alarm. Box 9361. 97-12 Northern Blvd. Fire in 3-story mixed use building with extension to exposures.
Multiple calls come in for a lightning strike of a home.
3-alarm. 22-11 New Haven. Heavy fire on 5th floor extending to 6th floor. 7-floor multiple dwelling.
6-alarm fire in Queens. Box 66-9633, 109-25 Jamaica Avenue. Firefighters on-scene within three minutes but challenges arose as the fire quickly spread in old row wood frame buildings causing 40 people to be displaced. No injuries were reported.
Information has been gleaned from verified FD sources, media and eyewitness accounts. Dates are approximate as published on digital platforms. – Ed.
“Working alarms are the most critical component of your escape plan. Be #FDNYSmart – have both a smoke and CO alarm, or a combination smoke/CO alarm, where you sleep and on every level of your home, including basements. See more at http://fdnysmart.org” – FDNY
The FDNY says that 1/3 of home fires occur usually during the months of December through February and most are preventable
Here are some tips in order to become #FDNYSmart:
Most candle fire victims are between ages 5-9. Keep them out of their reach.
Keep hallways and exits clear of clutter. This will allow an easier escape during a fire, and will give first responders access to your home during an emergency.
Keep space heaters at least 3 ft. from bedding, curtains, and other materials, and always plug your heater directly into the wall.
Torrance Police are on-scene to the Del Amo Fashion Center (Mall) reports of 500-plus teenagers rushed in the Del Amo Mall with some eyewitness accounts to local media outlets as looting some of its stores.
Media is reporting at least one person has been shot near the Burlington Coat Factory side of the mall.
Multiple agencies worked together to clear the shopping mall, evacuate any of the employees and other persons, while setting up a perimeter, searching for subjects and suspects. Additionally, detainee buses were ordered and arrived on-scene.
Barrier buses were also set-up to block major entrances and mall driveways.
The Dispatch Center was getting calls of small number of groups had arrived outside one hotel and another big box store and loitering. It was unknown if they were part of the same original group or a new one arriving in the area.
Around 2030 hours PT, air was opened to respond to normal calls for service.
If see something, say something by not approaching them and calling 9-1-1 when you are in a safe and secure location.
Live coverage is on our Twitter page @nwfireblog . We are currently off this incident for live coverage on Twitter but we are monitoring the scanner feed.
Info will be shared if the situation changes or new information is released by verified Law Enforcement officials.
Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire in the area of North Main Street and West Union Street for a commercial structure fire on January 9, 2021 evening. The building is located near a 7-11 and Shell station.
Firefighters arrived just after 1736 hours PT and reporting a 2-story commercial building with fire from floor two. The building’s integrity was reported as unstable and collapsed shortly after arriving. Media reports which was retweeted by the City of Jacksonville (FL) states this was once a funeral home and vacant.
Over 100 firefighters would fight the stubborn blaze and was brought under control over one hour on the incident clock.
Significant events included: firefighters having to cool a propane tank at the nearby 7-11 store and working to set-up a collapse zone to keep all resources and firefighters safe.
Here are some footage of this evening’s fire:
No reports of injuries to citizens or firefighters were reported.
Firefighters will remain overnight for fire watch after putting out hot spots and overhaul operations.
Cause is unknown at the time of this post.
(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Update 3 – 1/9/2021 1940 PT
San Bernardino County firefighters are fighting a large commercial structure fire in the 600 block of North Arrowhead with heavy fire on the Delta side and extension to the first floor of the building.
This is a developing story. Very limited sources reporting.
Snohomish County Firefighters are currently en route to a residential structure fire in the 5400 block of 101st Place NW in Marysville, Washington State. It is said that the fan in the home’s bathroom caught fire.
Units dispatched are A62, B61, E61, E63, E68, L62, M61.
An avalanche occurred at 1515 hours PT on Saturday, January 9, 2021, for a size 3 Avalanche response by the RCMP Whistler and Whistler SAR to the Cowboy Ridge, which is just south of Whistler.
RCMP Officials are asking the public to call if you were in the area or are still in the area by calling them at 604-932-3044.
Though Law Enforcement says all parties are accounted for and they have ID’d all those who were in the area earlier, they are working to ensure no other persons are still in the area. Lots of resources have been activated.
It is unknown which SAR units are en route to the area, such as avalanche search dogs and the Ski Patrol unit member like we have here in the United States.
This is a developing story and updates will be posted as information is received.
ABOUT COWRIDGE RIDGE
Cowboy Ridge is said to be a popular area for backcountry skiers which is like the final downhill leg of a marathon skiing tour that has room for lots of twists and turns as you wind down from the Singing Pass Trail into Whistler Village.
It is said to be the playground for the more experienced skiers and advanced alike.