Fire marshals point to electrical wiring as source of Richmond Hill blaze

Two people are led down a fire escape of a Richmond Hill building as flames shoot from a window. Photo by Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News
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Electrical wiring inside the walls on the third floor of a Richmond Hill building was to blame for a four-alarm fire Tuesday evening, a spokesman for the Fire Department said.

About a dozen people suffered minor injuries when the four-alarm blaze spread through four stories of an apartment complex in Richmond Hill, fire officials said.

A spokesman for the FDNY said eight of New York’s Bravest and three civilians were taken to North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Jamaica Hospital.

Emergency responders received the call about the building blaze on 129th Street between Kew Gardens Road and Metropolitan Avenue on the border of Kew Gardens just after 6 p.m., and the fire was upgraded to four alarms less than an hour later, a Fire Department spokesman said Tuesday night.

The fire appeared to be concentrated on the fourth and fifth floors, but the Bravest had to also battle the blaze on the third and sixth stories of the building, fire officials said.

At 9:14 p.m., the fire was classified as under control, the spokesman said. Fire marshals found the source of the blaze to be the wiring within the building’s infrastructure, an FDNY spokesman said Thurday.

About 39 vehicles and 168 members of the Fire Department were called to the scene to assist with the blaze, according to fire officials.

Reach managing editor Christina Santucci by e-mail at by phone at 718-260-4589.

Posted 12:00 am, November 15, 2013
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