Posted February 5, 2008 EST
Twelve Stores Reduced To Rubble In The Bronx
(New York) -
A mid morning fire on February 4th destroyed half of a city block along White Plains Road and Lydig Avenue. The fire originated in a Laundromat on Lydig Avenue and quickly spread to eleven adjacent businesses. The attached single story stores were backed up by a block long six story OMD and separated by a narrow alleyway.
Firefighters used hand lines from the roof and fire escape balconies of the OMD to protect the structure and fight the flames below. Four tower ladders doused the fire from above as several hand lines and ground monitors attacked it at street level.
Several area residents had to be evacuated due to high carbon monoxide levels in their apartments, caused by the heavy smoke from the fire. Subway service which runs on the elevated tracks above White Plains Road, was halted for most of the morning when flames danced dangerously close to the tracks.
The inferno went to five alarms and consumed twelve stores before being brought under control.
There were no serious injuries reported.
Written and photos by Ron Johnson - NJMFPA