7-Alarm Queens Fire Scorches Structures


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:

January 9th

  • 7th Alarm (0519)
  • 6th Alarm (0643)
  • 5th Alarm (0221)
  • 4th Alarm (0122)
  • 3rd Alarm (0022)
  • 2nd Alarm (0011)

January 8th

  • 1st Alarm (2357)

QUEENS FIRE HISTORY | For fires or incidents greater than 2nd alarms.

January 9 Fire. Credit: NYC EM

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.


October 30

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.

Photo Credit: AR-1 DMAT



11 injured with four in critical condition. Early morning house fire.


March 15

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.

December 18

5 alarm. Box 2131 103-45 97th Street. Apartment building.


May 31

One-story commercial structure fire. 5th alarm.

November 8

Home under construction catches on fire and taking two homes with it.


August 4

Big fire breaks out on Queens Blvd and 34-38th Streets. 3rd alarm. Commercial structure fire.


January 30

More than 160 firefighters responded, fought a huge blaze at a restaurant and injuring five people.

April 23

Five were killed including three children in a residential (dwelling) fire. Media reports there was no smoke alarm.

Credit: NYC EM


A landlord dies in a residential home fire.


March 16

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.

June 4

Nine FDNY firefighters are hurt along with two civilians.

June 18

Bellerose Manor section. One person died. 7 firefighters were injured with conditions of minor to serious. Fire broke out around 1900 hours EST.

September 29

3rd alarm. House fire

4th alarm. Auto body shop.

December 13

5-alarm. 1-story commercial building on Queens Blvd. heavy fire and smoke conditions. Backdraft and explosion occurred. Minor injuries (firefighters).

December 27

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.

Credit: NYC EM


February 24

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.

March 13

House fire. Child killed. Six others injured.

April 5

3-alarms. 93-13 101st Avenue. 2-story commercial structure with mixed occupancy. Fire in two buildings. Ozone Park.

July 10

An entire family perishes inside their home. Residential structure fire.


January 5

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.

January 8

4 Alarm commercial structure fire.

March 10

3-alarm. Box 9361. 97-12 Northern Blvd. Fire in 3-story mixed use building with extension to exposures.

July 23

Multiple calls come in for a lightning strike of a home.

July 27

Eight are hurt in house fire.

November 13

3-alarm. 136-11 38th Avenue. Box 4464. Commercial structure fire.

November 18

3-alarm. 22-11 New Haven. Heavy fire on 5th floor extending to 6th floor. 7-floor multiple dwelling.

December 9

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.

Credit: FDNY

“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.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/10/2021 2325 PT

Castolon Fire | Texas | 2

A wildfire that started in Mexico on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and jumped the Rio Grande river began burning in the upper tree canopies on the U.S. side on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 around 1800 hours.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, sky, cloud and outdoor

TX A&M fire crews holding the line near the Cottonwood Campground. | Photo Credit – K Hines/TX A&M Forest Service

Crews coordinated with Mexican fire crews last night and were able to keep the fire on both sides to holding it in place.  They ended their join fire operations on Friday night.

On Saturday, firefighters with the TX A&M Forestry Service along with from the park and the Diablos were tasked with working and monitoring the fire for any possible flare ups as winds were beginning to pick and temps rising to over 100* F.

Two structures were reportedly lost.  Fire suppression and containment costs to date have reached $17,000.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Posted on 5/25/2019 @ 1732 PDT



(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/25/2019 @ 0030 hours PDT

Castolon Fire | Texas | 1


A wildfire that started in Mexico on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and jumped the Rio Grande river began burning in the upper tree canopies on the U.S. side on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 around 1800 hours.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, sky, cloud and outdoor

TX A&M fire crews holding the line near the Cottonwood Campground. | Photo Credit – K Hines/TX A&M Forest Service

It is burning now along three miles of the Rio Grande between Santa Elena Canyon and Buenos Aires campsites in the Big Bend National Park.  Lat/Long 29.134, -103.514

The cause is currently under investigation. It was determined to have ignited on the Mexican side


The fire has destroyed 990 acres of riparian vegetation, old growth mesquite and non-native plants, such as river cane and salt cedar.

Additionally, the historic barracks building which was the location of the La Harmonia Store and Castolon Visitor Center suffered extensive damage and with a restroom facility building.

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Destroyed barracks. | Photo Credit: NPS/T.VandenBerg.

Fire crews were able to save other historic and modern structures, as well as providing structure protection to the Cottonwood Campground.

Fire crews have successfully gained a 50% containment status and will continue with fire suppression on the fire’s edge, engage in mop-up operations and cold trail.


There are 44 fire personnel assigned to this incident.


At this time, the Old Maverick Road, Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, and River Road West from Buenos Aires to Castolon are closed for visitor safety and for fire crews to work as efficiently as possible. (Big Bend National Park)


Fire Managers expect the weather temps to increase into the 100’s, low RH and wind which we all know is prime elements to a firestorm.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/25/2019 @ 0030 hours PDT

Active Wildfires | United States | Sep 25 2016

Though Fall is upon us, the Fire Season still has some left to give leaving a few fires still burning across the United States.  Here is a recap of them:


Fulton Fire (25 miles East of Payson)  2266 acres. 45% contained. 394 personnel.  9 crews. 15 engines. 3 helicopters. 0 structures.  $3.2 Million Cost-to-date.

Fill Fire (10 miles West of Show Low)  1613 acres. 0% contained.


Bell Fire (off Hwy 49, north of Plymouth) CAL Fire incident.  Started 9/23/2016. Cause under investigation. 45 acres. 90% contained. 150 personnel. 18 engines. 5 crews. 4 airtankers. 2 helicopters. 2 dozers. 3 water tenders.  Burning Moderate ROS in grass.

Cow Fire (off Whitmore Road and Old Cow Creek Road)  70 acres. 0% contained.

Soberanes Fire (7 miles NW of Big Sur)  126,693 acres. 77% contained. 2072 personnel. 42 crews. 97 engines. 22 helicopters. 68 structures lost. $224.6 Million Cost-to-date.

Owens Fire (10 miles NE of Mammoth Lakes)  5443 acres. 80% contained. 205 personnel. 5 crews. 9 engines. 2 helicopters. 4 structures lost. $4.3 Million Cost-to-date.

Soup Complex (16 miles NE of Likely) 2647 acres. 60% contained. 5 crews. 10 engines. 2 helicopters. 0 structures lost. $5.1 Million Cost-to-date.


Beaver Creek Fire (24 miles North of Walden)  38,380 acres. 75% contained. 37 personnel.  2 engines. 2 helicopters. 17 structures lost. $29.8 Million Cost-to-date.

Silver Creek Fire (10 miles East of Phippsburg)  470 acres. 0% contained.


Pioneer Fire (8 miles North of Idaho City)  188,404 acres. 65% contained. 360 personnel. 5 crews. 14 engines. 4 helicopters. 6 structures lost. $94.4 Million Cost-to-date.


Briggs Fire (10 miles NE of Beaver) 8883 acres. 70% contained.


Broadway Fire (30 miles NW of Walden)  2121 acres.  10% contained.

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(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

UPDATE | #HiddenPines in Bastrop County, Texas | October 22, 2015


The #HiddenPines Wildfire burning in Bastrop County, Texas that started on October 13, 2015 around noon has reached an 80% containment status and not without further damage to its surroundings.

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb


The fire cause is unknown at this time but is still being investigated.


Many resources are still attached to this incident, including the following:

  • 263 Personnel
  • (2) Type 2 Initial Attack Handcrews
  • (5) Type 3 Engines

Structures are saved from the Fire. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Houses are saved from the Fire. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

  • (1) Type 4 Engine
  • (19) Type 6 Engines
  • (2) Dozers
  • (4) Water Tenders
  • (1) Air Attack
  • (2) Single Airtankers

*Airtankers are on stand-by and have not been used for several days.*

[Pictured above:  A “Single Engine Air Tanker” or known as a “SEAT” drops a load down below.


Emergency Feed & Hay Distribution

  • Hours of Operations:  For affected Livestock owners: 9-5 10/22,23, 26, 27, 28 at the Bastrop Show Barn.
  • Livestock grazing on grass or hay:  You can get help with feed and hay, made possible by donations from citizens and agricultural agencies. Contact:  Rachel Bauer, County Extension Agent, if you have questions at (512) 468-7953. Agricultural producers need to report grazing, hay and fencing losses to Rachel Bauer as well.

Hidden Pine fire


Fire crews are currently in patrol and mop-up stages near structures and currently holding to its current burned area of 4,582 acres.  No injuries reported. 64 Homes have been destroyed.

“BURN BAN IS STILL IN EFFECT. DO NOT BURN OR YOU WILL BE HELD TO THE HIGHEST ACCOUNT THE LAW WILL ALLOW!” – Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management via their Facebook Page.

We know  they are facing dry drought conditions and fire behavior has been very extreme these past several weeks. Please respect the environment and be Fire Smart.


A TFR has been in place over the fire to protect all involved with this incident.

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog



  • E of Jackson in Amador and Calaveras County, CA
  • Started on 9/9/15 @ 1426 PDT
  • Unknown Cause


  • 71,780 acres
  • 40% contained
  • 6400 structures threatened
  • 233 homes & 175 outbuildings destroyed
  • 15 structures damaged



Calaveras County

  • West Murray Creek/Murraydale Lane (Entire Street)
  • .All areas east from Mountain Ranch Road at Calaveritas Road south to Fricot City Road
  • Calaveritas Road (The east side of Calaveritas)
  • Costa Road south to Fourth Crossing to Hwy 49 (The southeast side).
  • East side of Hwy 49 at Fourth Crossing
  • South to Cosgrove. (Cosgrove is not evacuated but is under and Advisory)
  • All areas north from Dogtown Road at French Gulch creek east to San Domingo Road to Sheep Ranch Road
  • The areas north along Sheep Ranch Road at Avery Sheep Ranch to the intersection of Morris Rd/Valley View Road.
  • Hwy 26 in Mokelumne Hill at Italian Vista to West Point all areas to include Glencoe, Westpoint and Wilseyville.
  • Bald Mountain Road, Winton Road Blue Mountain Road, Mitchell Mill Road, Skunk Hollow Road.
  • The entire areas of Railroad Flat, Mountain Ranch and Sheep Ranch, to include all outlying areas east of these towns. Summit Level Road, Swiss Ranch Road, Armstrong Road and Scott Road


Amador County

  • Canyon View
  • Fig Tree Lane
  • Pondersosa Way
  • Tabeau Road south of Arrowhead to Amador Road
  • Ranch Drive
  • Aqueduct Grove Road
  • Hwy 88 from Ranch Road East to Tiger Creek Road (Red Corral and Buckhorn Areas).

Calaveras County

  • The corridor along Hwy 49 from the Amador County Line south to the city limits of Angels Camp
  • All areas east of Hwy 49 that were previously released are now under an advisory. The areas southeast of Calaveritas Road to Costa Road.
  • The areas along Fricot City Road along the southside to Sheep Ranch Road.
  • The areas South of Avery Sheep Ranch Road to Morris Road in Avery.
  • The town of Murphys, Forrest Meadows, Avery and along the Hwy 4 corridor from Avery to Arnold, including the town of Arnold.



  • Jackson Rancheria Hotel, 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson
  • Jenny Lind Veterans Hall, 189 Pine Street, Valley Springs, CA
  • Good Samaritan Church, 4684 Baldwin Street, Valley Springs
  • Burson Full Gospel Church, 3201 Hwy 12, Burson
  • Glory Bound Fellowship, 3061 Hwy 12, Burson
  • Church of Christ, 703 Paloma Rd, Valley Springs, CA

The Red Cross has provided Shelters for over 1,000 evacuees in the first 5 days of this fire incident.  They have provided over 4500 meals with the assistance of 75 volunteers.

Pet Shelters

Calaveras County

  • Calaveras County Fairgrounds

Amador County

  • Amador County Fairgrounds, contact Kelly Reason at 530-503-5233


  • Personnel:  4961
  • Fire Engines: 519
  • Fire Crews:  92
  • Airtankers:  8
  • Helicopters:  18
  • Dozers:  115
  • Water Tenders:  60


CCWD has setup 3 emergency fill stations for County resident who have lost their water sources.  These are potable water locations and are free-of-charge on a temporary basis.

  • West Point Fire Station, 195 Spink Rd – West Point
  • Ebbetts Pass Fire Station, 1037 Blagen Road, Arnold
  • Jenny Lind Water Treatment Plant, 3561 Silver Rapids Road, Valley Springs


Red Cross

  • Checks to –> Gold County Region. Designate your donation “CA Wildfires” 1565Exposition Blvd, Sacramento CA 95815
  • Call –> 916-993-7080

Salvation Army

  • Tax ID #94-1170408
  • Checks to –> Calaveras unit:  Calavareas Health & Human Services. 509 E St. Charles ST., San Andreas 95249.
  • Call to –> Kathy 209-754-6851

Resource Connection Food Bank

  • Tax ID #94-2705790
  • Checks to –> PO Box 919, San Andreas CA 95249
  • Call to –> 209-754-1257


  • Amador County Sheriff
  • Calaveras County Sheriff
  • BLM
  • PG&E
  • CHP
  • Amador Fire Protection District
  • Calaveras PUD
  • CDCR
  • Sutter Creek Fire Department
  • State Parks
  • California Conservation Corp


Calaveras County

  • SR 26 from Mokelumne Hill to Ridge Road
  • Ridge Road closed to Railroad Flat Road
  • Railroad Flat Road closed to Mountain Ranch Road
  • Mountain Ranch Road closed to Hwy 49
  • Michel Road is closed.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog