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Fire damages Sunnyside building

A fire ignited on the top floor of a two-story residential building in Sunnyside early Friday, leaving the top corner of the building a charred shell but sparing any major injuries.

An FDNY spokesman said the fire broke out about 9:54 a.m. at 51-56 47th St., a small building at the end of a residential block, tucked up against the off-ramp to the Long Island Expressway.

One witness at the scene said a neighbor across the street from the home called 911.

Fire Co. Engine 292 from Woodside was the first to respond to the scene at 9:54 a.m., and the blaze was under control by 10:54 a.m., the spokesman said. The front yard of the building was strewn with debris afterward, but the building next door was left undamaged, the spokesman said. Twelve units and 60 firefighters responded to the scene, the spokesman said.

One of the two residents of the building was transported to Elmhurst Hospital for a minor injury; the other refused medical transport, the spokesman said. Seven firefighters were sent to Elmhurst Hospital for minor injuries as a cautionary measure, the spokesman said.

Lt. Pete Colloin of Ladder 163 said both people inside the building were able to leave by themselves.

Both people, identified as the inhabitants of the building, declined to comment about the fire.

A previous version of this article stated that both residents refused medical transport, based on information available at the time.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4574.

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