Friday, September 28, 2007

Fire smokes out illegal tenants

Four families were left homeless after a four-alarm blaze tore through two two-family houses on 128th Street in Whitestone last Thursday night, injuring four civilians and 11 firefighters.

Fire wrecks 2 homes in Whitestone

According to Fire Department officials, the blaze began in the basement of either 22-43 or 22-47 128th St. and spread quickly through all three stories of both buildings. As of presstime, fire officials declined to comment on a cause for the fire and said they were still investigating the cause.

Jennifer Cordero, who lives at 22-47 128th St., carried away a stack of waterlogged and smoke-damaged framed pictures from her home. She said the fire had started in the basement when a boiler exploded and that if the two basement tenants had been home when the explosion occurred, they would have been killed.

Looks like it was more than 4 families left homeless...


Anonymous said...

No shocker here.

Anonymous said...

Sad that the woman who owns the house had no problem revealing she had people living in the basement. Shows you how lax DOB is on illegal conversions.

Anonymous said...

Those homes are located in College Point not Whitestone.

Anonymous said...

Good thing that the tenants
weren't in the bomb making business.
The fire would have detonated their supplies....and poof....there goes the nabe !