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New York City: More than 200 firefighters battle raging 5-alarm fire, at least four injured

More than 200 firefighters from five departments worked to put out a massive fire in a Bronx supermarket Thursday night. Officials say the fire is now under control.

Paramedics were dispatched to the C-Town supermarket on University Avenue in Morris Heights around 5:30 p.m., according to the New York City Fire Department. Firefighters responded to him within four minutes.

Elastic flames spread rapidly across the building, and black smoke rained down on the city.

“At 5:30 p.m. this evening, I received a call saying that I smelled smoke at 1750 University Ave. Members were on the scene in less than four minutes. , there are more than 200 firefighters and EMTs on the scene,” Commissioner Laura Cabana said at a press conference Thursday. “It is clear that property will be lost in the community tonight, but thanks to the hard work of our members, no lives were lost tonight. But that’s what they did. They do it every day. And they did a phenomenal job.”

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On February 9, 2023, at least four people were injured in a five-alarm fire in a New York supermarket. (WABC via NNS)

On February 9, 2023, a giant plume of smoke rose from a Bronx supermarket.

On February 9, 2023, a giant plume of smoke rose from a Bronx supermarket. (FDNY)

FDNY Chief John Hodgens said the fire broke out shortly after the store closed and that shoppers and employees were able to safely exit the store before the blaze escalated into a five-alarm fire. I was. Paramedics were forced to enter the building because it was locked at night.

“The store had just closed and the gates were closed. We had to force our way in. The members immediately went inside and started fighting the fire,” Hodgens said.

The department head also noted that the flames were primarily in the space between the ceiling and roof, usually with wires running through them.

He added: To contain the fire in this one building only. “

At least four people, including three firefighters and a civilian, suffered minor injuries, Kavanagh said. They were then taken to a regional hospital.

More than 200 firefighters fought the blaze at a Bronx supermarket. At least four people were slightly injured.

More than 200 firefighters fought the blaze at a Bronx supermarket. At least four people were slightly injured. (WABC via NNS)

More than 200 firefighters responded to the February 9, 2023 fire in the Bronx, said FDNY Chief John Hodgens.

More than 200 firefighters responded to the February 9, 2023 fire in the Bronx, said FDNY Chief John Hodgens. (WCBS)

The cause of the fire is not immediately known. under investigation.

This story is a work in progress and will be updated.

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