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Jamaica fire guts apartment above jewel store

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Firefighters look into the African jewelry store on the ground floor. Photo by Ellis Kaplan
Two firefighters battle the fire from the air. Photo by Ellis Kaplan
Dozens of firefighters respond to the scene of the blaze on Jamaica Avenue. Photo by Ellis Kaplan

More than 100 firefighters responded to a two-alarm blaze in Jamaica in an apartment above an African jewelry shop Friday afternoon, according to fire officials.

One firefighter was taken to North Shore-LIJ Health System to be treated for minor injuries, a spokesman for the FDNY said. No civilians were hurt in the blaze, which authorities say started on the second floor of a 50-by-100-foot frame building on Jamaica Avenue near 188th Street.

Firefighters initially got the call about the fire at about noon, and by 12:35 p.m. the fire was declared under control.

Officials said the cause of the blaze has not yet been released.

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