November 4th, 2022
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A large fire destroyed a multi-business complex in Long Island City, NY on October 18th. The fire began at 2:30 am in a laundromat within the complex before spreading to neighboring businesses. Flames and smoke flew into the night sky.
The FDNY made entry on arrival, but heavy fire conditions forced firefighters to retreat and move to an exterior operation. The blaze quickly escalated into a four-alarm fire. The FDNY sent out about 40 units and nearly 170 firefighters. At times, five tower ladders were dousing the property with water.
After five hours, the larger flames were out. Hot spots proved to be problematic through the morning. While not confirmed, it does not appear that automatic sprinklers were provided in the building.
Chemicals and propane within the laundromat made the situation a HAZMAT scene. The NYFD HAZMAT teams are specialists in evacuating any people from the affected area, and then containing, collecting, dispersing, or removing the harmful substance.
Local residents observed smoke from several miles away, and a strong smell was emitted from the scene. Local residents were advised to shut their windows due to air conditions, especially if they have respiratory issues.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that Laundry and Dry-Cleaning properties account for 8% of structure fires in stores and mercantile properties. Over a four-year period, these had direct property damages of $16 million. An on-site inspection is the only way to determine the hazards presented by dry-cleaning establishments. If you would like a review of combustible storage practices practice conducted at your facility, please contact Risk Logic. We will work with you to determine acceptable options and alternatives to help keep your building safe.