NEW YORK — Firefighters say a fast-moving blaze damaged eight houses in a block of row homes in Queens, injuring eight people.
It took 175 firefighters about two hours to get the four-alarm blaze under control on 90th Street in the Woodhaven neighborhood. The Fire Department was called there around 8:10 p.m. on a gusty Wednesday.
Two firefighters and six civilians have been taken to hospitals. Their injuries are described as minor.
Firefighters say the blaze started in one house and quickly expanded to adjoining homes.
Local Bryan Rampersap tells WCBS-TV he "couldn't believe something like this would happen."
National Weather Service observations from about 7:50 p.m. Wednesday show sustained winds at nearby John F. Kennedy Airport were around 18 mph, with gusts to 25 mph.
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