Firefighters battle infernos across Tri-State in glacial conditions

January 22, 2019 - 7:23 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Firefighters from Brooklyn to Long Island have been busy battling fires amid some of the coldest conditions seen in our area in years.

In Cypress Hills, a fire on Schenck Avenue forced families into the frigid night.

“I feel bad for the family that lived there. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody,” a neighbor told CBS2.

One person was injured and six firefighters were treated for frostbite.

In Corona, a three-alarm fire destroyed a home on 100th Street. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Meanwhile, firefighters in Nassau County were busy battling five blazes.

In Carle Place, there was a four-alarm house fire that threatened to spread to neighboring homes. Residents say firefighters did a tremendous job getting it under control.

“Relieved that it didn’t catch onto anything else,” one woman said. “They kept it contained.”

At least one resident suffered burns in that fire.

In Hewlett Neck, a firefighter suffered a heady injury from falling ice while fighting a fire on Ocean Avenue. Two other firefighters suffered minor injuries. 

And in Mount Vernon, firefighters braved bitter cold to rescue a resident from a house fire on 5th Street. The house was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.

On Monday, a raging inferno tore through a toy and medical supply warehouse in College Point, Queens.

Firefighters battling the blaze had to deal with exploding oxygen tanks and slipping hazards due to the brutal weather conditions. They were able to rescue a worker, who was in critical but stable condition.

In Scarsdale Monday morning, firefighters worked through subzero wind chills to fight a massive fire in a multi-million dollar mansion. No one was injured in that fire.