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Two people seriously hurt in fire in Whitestone Chinese restaurant: FDNY

Firefighters assist at the scene of the Whitestone blaze Saturday afternoon. Photo courtesy Devon O'Connor
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Two people were seriously injured when a fire tore through the Emperor House Chinese restaurant in Whitestone Saturday afternoon, a spokesman for the FDNY said.

One man was taken to Jacobi Medical Center with second-degree burns in very serious condition, and another person, who a neighborhood leader said was a female worker, was brought in serious but stable condition to New York Hospital Queens after the restaurant blaze in the Whitestone shopping center on 10th Avenue, fire officials said.

The FDNY were called to respond at 4:49 p.m., and three firefighters also suffered minor injuries before the fire was considered under control at 5:26 p.m., the spokesman said.

Devon O’Connor, founder of Welcome to Whitestone Civic Association, said he believed the injured man was the owner of the Chinese food restaurant and the young woman, who he spotted being brought to an ambulance, had worked there.

“The girl I saw had one of her arms wrapped up and most of her hair was burned off,” he said. “She had an oxygen tank attached to her. It was hard to look at.”

O’Connor said numerous emergency responders filled the shopping center on 154th Street, where the neighborhood’s Walbaums is located.

“I saw what seemed like endless amounts of firefighters and firetrucks. The firefighters in this town are amazing,” he said “They are always first on the scene.”

The FDNY spokesman said that fire marshals were investigating and would determine the cause of the blaze.

Reach managing editor Christina Santucci by e-mail at timesledgerphotos@gmail.com or by phone at 718-260-4589.

Updated 2:18 am, August 15, 2013
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Billy from Whitestone says:
Please find out and give us the status of their 6yr old daughter, I understand she was driven to the hospital before FDNY arrived, so sad I pray for them all.
Aug. 11, 2013, 1:04 am
calvin says:
Please give prayers to my father, stepmother, and sister
Aug. 14, 2013, 1:26 am
calvin says:
Please give prayers to my father, stepmother, and sister
Aug. 14, 2013, 1:26 am
calvin says:
Please give prayers to my father, stepmother, and sister.
Aug. 14, 2013, 1:27 am
Mel says:
Did the man die? Someone told me he passed. So sad.
Aug. 14, 2013, 8:22 am
joe from whitestone says:
Our favorite Chinese food place.. .Always so polite,friendly and food was always great... I heard the father didn't make it,if so are there services arranged.We would like to pay our respects...
Aug. 14, 2013, 4:17 pm
calvin says:
He is in the hospital doing lots of surgery
Aug. 19, 2013, 1:43 am
Rosie from whitestone says:
Cascarino employees indicated it took longer than a half an hour for an ambulance to arrive on scene. FDNY was reported to have almost run over the burn victim as he lie in the parking lot in convulsions.
I'd like to see an investigation as to why EMS did not arrive for over a half hour.
Aug. 22, 2013, 3:29 am
Arthur from Whitestone says:
Centola, shut the hell up!! You know nothing.
Aug. 22, 2013, 12:06 pm
Carmine says:
Hey Arthur. Off your meds?

What a psycho.
Aug. 23, 2013, 11:58 am
Arthur from Whitestone says:
I don't believe Centola is a psycho but you and Rosie know him better than the rest of us.
Aug. 23, 2013, 12:07 pm
Hanna from Whitestone says:
Rosie,

If what you say is accurate, Times Ledger should make this BIG NEWS and all the media should as well!
Aug. 30, 2013, 3:54 pm

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