A huge fire destroyed more than 50 homes in the Breezy Point area of Queens late Monday, the AP reports:
The fire was reported around 11 p.m. Monday in an area flooded by the superstorm that began sweeping through the city earlier, officials said.
Firefighters told WABC-TV that the water was chest high on the street, and they had to use a boat to make rescues. They said in one apartment home, about 25 people were trapped in an upstairs unit, and the 2-story home next door was ablaze and setting fire to the apartment’s roof. Firefighters climbed an awning to access the trapped people, and took them downstairs to the boat in the street.
Video of the blaze from NBC New York:
The New York Fire Department rescued 25 people from the fire by boat, according to the AP: