BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
A number of residents have been displaced from their homes after a four-alarm fire in Elmhurst left several apartments severely damaged on Sunday night.
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on May 27, the top floor of a seven-story building, located at 80-15 41st Ave., was engulfed in flames.
Nine firefighters were injured, six of whom were transported to a nearby hospital.
Firefighters were able to get the fire under control shortly after midnight, but a combination of the damage caused by the flames and by water forced five families on the seventh and sixth floors to vacate their apartments.
The ceilings of apartments 35 through 40 on the sixth floor collapsed, leaving the apartments covered by water and mud.
The American Red Cross has thus far assisted two families who were displaced by the fire.
The building has approximtaely 300 apartments, and although only five of the apartments suffered severe damage, the FDNY said that there is extensive smoke and water damage throughout the building.
The Red Cross noted that any residents who were affected by the fire, but have not yet sought shelter or assistance, should call 877-RED-CROSS.
On Twitter, U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) offered assistance to the displaced families.
“Sending thoughts to all those impacted by the fire in #Elmhurst last night,” the congressman’s post read. “Immensely grateful to the firefighters and first responders who came to the community’s aid. If you’re displaced, my office can help: (718) 779-1400.”
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