Monday, May 6, 2013

Searching for Answers

Fire Destroys Shops, Injures 10 in Wakefield
(Photos by David Greene)

By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, May 6- Investigators continue to sift through the ashes from a devastating fire that wiped-out an entire city block, leaving a row of stores and an apartment building in ash and rubble.

Officials say at least 11 shops were destroyed in the fire that broke out at just after 6 a.m. on May 2. The fire was officially under control by 9 a.m., but firefighters would battle pockets of fire that would flare up, for most of the day.

Destroyed was a cell phone and check cashing store, a deli, a laundromat and a mosque.

Fire officials say the 5-alarm fire started in a garage on E. 225 Street and quickly spread to the shops. The bustling White Plains Road and the overhead subway were shut as the billowing black smoke could be seen for miles on a clear spring day.

Officials say 200 firefighters battled the blaze, leaving 11 with minor injuries. An 11-year old girl was also treated for smoke inhalation.   

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