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Three hurt in four-alarm blaze in Flushing

A fire at 42-02 Kissena Boulevard went four-alarm this weekend. Photo by Rebecca Henely
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FLUSHING — Three people were injured in a four-alarm blaze in a Flushing apartment Saturday night and early Sunday morning, the FDNY said.

Firefighters received a call at 10:06 p.m. Saturday for a fire at 42-02 Kissena Blvd. that was eventually traced back to a bathroom ventilation fan on the seventh floor, a spokesman said. The fire was not set deliberately, FDNY said.

The firefighters were on the scene two minutes later, and 170 firefighters were called in to put out the blaze as the fire went four-alarm, the FDNY said.

Mike Halas, the superintendent for the apartment, said he had been alerted to the blaze around 10 p.m.

“When I go to the roof, I already see smoke,” Halas said. “I call Fire Department.”

An FDNY spokesman said the fire was extinguished at midnight. One person was treated on scene for injuries, while another was taken to New York Hospital Queens in Flushing with minor injuries. A firefighter also sustained minor injuries.

Halas said an elderly couple and a young woman had to be moved out because of the fire.

Signs posted on the windows Sunday gave vacate orders for three apartments on the sixth floor.

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