Massive fire burns through row of businesses in Queens

SUNNYSIDE, Queens — At least 12 people were injured when a massive fire burned through a row of businesses in Queens early Thursday.

Authorities responded to the blaze at a restaurant and surrounding businesses on Queens Boulevard and 45th Street in Sunnyside just after 2 a.m. fire officials said.

Nearly 200 emergency personnel responded to the scene, fire officials said.

"It started spreading. It just kept going. Before, you couldn't even breathe on this block," a witness told PIX11.

Seven stores are destroyed and the building’s roof collapsed during the height of the blaze, according to authorities.

Among the destroyed businesses is Romantic Depot, a sex shop that opened in October. The store appears to be completely gutted.

Firefighters were able to save 12 businesses on 46 Street, and officials also said a multiple dwelling building near the fire is being protected with hose lines.

At least 12 people were injured, including seven firefighters, fire officials said. Injuries are all non-life-threatening.

Queens Boulevard has been shut down between 44 and 48 streets in both directions.

Air11 was over the scene of the fire.