A five-alarm fire broke out early in the morning at a Sunnyside strip mall on Dec. 13. By the time it was finally put out hours later, 12 people were transported to the hospital with injuries. At least seven of those who were hurt were firefighters. Many of the restaurants and other businesses in the Queens shopping center were destroyed.
A New York Fire Department spokesperson notes that its firefighters were first dispatched to the New York Style Eats diner shortly after 2 a.m. after callers reported seeing flames coming from the building.
When they arrived at the restaurant located at 45-02 Queens Blvd., they found that at least two other eating establishments, a Vietnamese eatery named Zen Yai and sports bar Sidetracks, also on fire. A United Parcel Service (UPS) Store was already up in flames as well.
Fire officials closed Queens Boulevard in between 44th and 47th Streets as they continued to try to put out the blaze. It ended up taking them nearly five hours until 8 a.m. to fully extinguish it. Investigators haven't yet determined what caused the fire to get started.
Individuals who suffer smoke inhalation or burn injuries seldom have short paths to recovery. Those who are forced to breathe in the toxic fumes that are released into the air during a fire may experience chronic respiratory problems or die. Individuals who are burned may develop deadly infections be left with disfiguring scars that are slow to heal. A personal injury attorney can help you aggressively pursue all the compensation to which you are entitled.