In the early hours of Monday morning, a two-alarm fire in Flushing injured two squatters and 10 firefighters who were battling the blaze, the city’s Fire Department said.
The fire broke out at 147-09 41st Ave. at approximately 1:59 a.m. on June 4. A total of 20 units responded and more than 100 firefighters fought the blaze in the two-and-a-half-story building. The FDNY said that it had the fire under control by 4:03 a.m.
The FDNY reported that the two squatters were taken to New York Cornell Hospital in Manhattan with potentially life-threatening injuries. The 10 firefighters suffered minor injuries.
The building was under a vacate order by the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) since 2013 due to an illegal conversion of a basement and a lack of utilities throughout the property, according to a DOB spokeswoman.
The agency had not received any complaints about the building until the FDNY called the DOB to inspect its stability after the fire. She added that the DOB issued an aggravated Environmental Control Board violation to the building’s owner for failing to comply with the vacate order, since a part of the building was occupied at the time of the fire.
The DOB is also in the process of having the building sealed and conducting an investigation.