Firefighters trapped, seriously injured while battling Queens blaze: FDNY


QUEENS VILLAGE — Two firefighters were trapped and seriously injured while they battled a four-alarm fire in Queens early Saturday morning, according to the FDNY.

Flames broke out at a business that’s part of a strip of stores, salons and restaurants on Springfield Boulevard in Queens Village around 2:20 a.m., fire officials said.

About 200 fire and EMS crews responded to the scene.

Firefighters were battling the blaze in the back of the building when a collapse occurred, trapping two firefighters, according to the FDNY.

The injured firefighters were rescued and taken to a hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Jardin said at least one firefighter was being treated for burns.

A third firefighter suffered a minor injury unrelated to the collapse, authorities said.

The fire was brought under control around 5:30 a.m.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

This story comprises reporting from The Associated Press.

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