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Breezy Point resembles war zone after Sandy

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Art and Pat Tully peer into the remnants of their summer home in Breezy Point. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Tom Duffy, who has lived in Breezy Point for the past 23 years, searches the rubble of his home for salvageable items. Photo by Christina Santucci
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John Martin stands in the doorway of his Breezy Point home. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Kennedy's restaurant in Breezy Point was gutted during the storm. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A car is propped up on a pole off of Rockaway Point Boulevard. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Only rubble remains at the site where more than 100 homes were destroyed during a six-alarm fire in Breezy Point. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Homes along the promenade in Breezy Point were destroyed during the storm. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Tom O'Day said the fire was the worst he has seen in his 35 years working as a firefighter. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Homes along the promenade in Breezy Point were destroyed during the storm. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Only rubble remains at the site where more than 100 homes were destroyed during a six-alarm fire in Breezy Point. Photo by Christina Santucci
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The interior of John Martin's is filled with debris. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A home along Rockaway Point Boulevard was damaged during the storm. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A large pole lies across an SUV in Breezy Point. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Homes along the promenade in Breezy Point were destroyed during the storm. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A man carries supplies through Breezy Point. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A home along Rockaway Point Boulevard was damaged during the storm. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Only rubble remains at the site where more than 100 homes were destroyed during a six-alarm fire in Breezy Point. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Homes along the promenade in Breezy Point were destroyed during the storm. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Rescue workers check homes in Breezy Point. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Residents and loved ones console one another in Breezy Point. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Only rubble remains at the site where more than 100 homes were destroyed during a six-alarm fire in Breezy Point. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Only rubble remains at the site where more than 100 homes were destroyed during a six-alarm fire in Breezy Point. Photo by Christina Santucci

Firefighters were searching houses for people in Breezy Point Wednesday after a six-alarm fire leveled more than 100 homes and severe flooding destroyed many more during the superstorm Sandy two days ago.

The ravaged western end of the Rockaway Peninsula, where the beachfront community is located, reminded some of the stark images of bombed-out Europe during World War II.

FDNY Assistant Chief Joseph Pfeifer said the agency’s first priority was working with the community to determine if there were missing people and restoring a water supply to the area.

“This is a devastated community,” he said.

He said the Department was working hard so people would be able to return to their homes. City agencies are committed to helping thecommunity rebuild, he said.

Many people returned to the area for the first time since the storm hit, braving long lines of traffic and parking far away to hike in through roads that were still flooded.

Some residents walked stunned through the still-smoldering rubble where houses stood before the fire.

“I don’t know where we’re going to live, where we’re going to stay,” said Christina Kirk, whose house was on the edge of the blaze and badly damaged by the fire and floods. “I don’t know where to go.”

Reach reporter Karen Frantz by e-mail at kfrantz@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4538.

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