Massive fire destroys 50 homes in submerged Queens neighborhood

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 8:35 EDT
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A fire burns homes in Queens as rescuers wade through waterlogged streets during Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Screenshot via The Associated Press.
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A fire that broke out in Queens around 11 p.m. during the pounding rains and rising floodwaters of Hurricane Sandy ultimately destroyed 50 homes as nearly 200 fire fighters waded through submerged streets to rescue trapped New Yorkers.

Video from the scene shows first responders in water up to their shins as homes burned all around them. Firefighters who spoke to The Associated Press said they ultimately used a small boat to ferry 25 people away from burning buildings in the borough’s Breezy Point beachfront neighborhood.

The surreal scene is just one of many experienced by New Yorkers last night and Americans all along the eastern seaboard, amid one of the largest storms in history.

These videos were published by The Associated Press on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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