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.