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21 injured, including 16 firefighters, in Queens apartment building fire

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Firefighters say the 8-alarm fire spread so quickly because a door was left open when the blaze broke out.

JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens (WABC) -- An eight-alarm fire tore through an apartment building in Queens Tuesday afternoon, leaving 21 injured, including 16 firefighters, and displacing more than 200 residents. The fire broke out as four-alarm blaze on the top floor of the six-story building on 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights around 1 p. m. and quickly spread into the cockloft. Approximately 400 FDNY members responded and continue to fight the ferocious fire. Officials say the FDNY will be at the scene through the night and the next few days. "When the units arrived, the door of apartment was open, there was an advanced fire," FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

There will be many, many families that will be needing a place to stay tonight, so they are set up in schools and other facilities to care for those folks. "Fire officials said the spread of the fire was due to a door being open. "The door was open," Nigro said.

What we see here is now a 7th alarm, possibly could have been avoided. "FDNY officials say the building has 150 apartments and approximately 90 families, including 240 residents, have been displaced due to the fire. In total, 21 people were injured, including 16 firefighters and five residents. Two of those firefighters suffered non-life threatening burns and were taken to Cornell Burn Center.

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