A 6-alarm fire destroyed 80 to 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., on Tuesday, according to reports from WABC-TV.
Officials said the fire was reported around 11 p.m. Monday in an area flooded by Superstorm Sandy. More than 190 firefighters worked to contain the blaze, but were still putting out some pockets of fire more than nine hours later.
Firefighters said that the water was chest high on the street, and they had to use a boat to make rescues. About 25 people were trapped in one upstairs unit, and the 2-story home next door was ablaze and setting fire to the apartment's roof.
One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was taken to a hospital. Two civilians suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.