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Four-alarm boro blaze injures 15 firefighters

A firefighter searches for any remaining pockets of fire on the second floor of the home on 112th Street. Photo by Christina Santucci
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SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Fifteen firefighters were injured while battling a four-alarm blaze in South Richmond Hill last Thursday, an FDNY spokeswoman said.

The firefighters, as well as three civilians, were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, fire officials said.

Judy Dabideen, who lives two houses down on 112th Street from where the fire originated, said it was lucky she and her two children — ages 2 and 12 — were not hurt.

“I was asleep and that’s what woke me up,” Dabideen said, as she surveyed the broken windows in her home from across the street last Thursday.

Fire officials said the blaze began at about 5:15 p.m. and became a four-alarm when additional units were called in for relief purposes.

The fire appeared concentrated in one home on 112th Street near 107th Avenue, and the FDNY spokeswoman said officials had determined the cause was an accidental electrical fire that began with a fan in the rear of the home.

The fire was placed under control at about 6:15 p.m., officials said.

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