Emergency crews are battling a massive blaze that started at a New York City Department of Transportation building in Queens, New York.
“Firefighters have reported the presence of dangerous materials within the building, including high-pressure tanks, diesel fuels, kerosene, gasoline, welding tanks, and other hazardous materials,” Raws Alerts noted.
“Officers are actively working to evacuate people from the area for their safety.”
“Firefighters officials has upgraded the Hazardous Warehouse Chemical blaze to a five-alarm fire they have issued people to close their windows due to the possible toxic smoke,” Raws Alerts added.
🚨#UPDATE: Firefighters officials has upgraded the Hazardous Warehouse Chemical blaze to a five-alarm fire they have issued people to close their windows due to the possible toxic smoke pic.twitter.com/kcAdTFHsOu
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) September 5, 2023
“Queens *5th Alarm* Box 9302. 32-11 Harper St off Northern Blvd. Fire in the NYC*DOT Warehouse 700×75 1 Story,” NYCFireWire wrote.
Queens *5th Alarm* Box 9302. 32-11 Harper St off Northern Blvd. Fire in the NYC*DOT Warehouse 700×75 1 Story
— NYCFireWire (@NYCFireWire) September 5, 2023
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) September 5, 2023
CBS New York reports:
The blaze had grown to four alarms for 11:30 p.m. The FDNY told CBS New York it started on the roof of the one-story warehouse at 32-11 Harper St. A source confirmed the warehouse belongs to the Department of Transportation.
No injuries were reported.
About 150 fire and EMS workers were on the scene. The city’s Office of Emergency management told residents in the area to shut their windows.
The FDNY said a call reporting fire and smoke at the warehouse came in at around 10 p.m.
Putting the fire out is expected to be a delicate operation. CBS New York heard firefighters over the scanner saying there are hazardous materials like high-pressure tanks, diesel fuel, kerosene, gasoline and welding tanks inside.
This story is developing.