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FDNY battling 5-alarm inferno at Sunnyside apartment building

The FDNY had a massive response to a 5-alarm fire in Sunnyside Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Dec. 20, 2023 By Bill Parry

The FDNY is battling a massive 5-alarm fire at a Sunnyside apartment house that broke out at around noon.

Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The first call was received at 12:02 p.m. after the blaze broke out on the top floor of a six-story apartment building located at 43-09 47th Ave. bringing 25 units and 106 firefighters and EMS personnel to the intersection of 47th Avenue Greenpoint Avenue a block south of Queens Boulevard.

The fire spread rapidly through a cock loft to neighboring apartments drawing an even greater response by the FDNY. A fifth alarm was transmitted at 1:15 p.m. bringing the total number of units to 44 with 198 firefighters and EMS personnel.

Four civilians and two firefighters have suffered minor injuries not requiring hospitalization. The operation remains ongoing as of 1:30 p.m., according to the FDNY.

Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

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N. A. Boor

I haven’t seen a cause of the 46th street fire but am also very interested. I live across the street and remember that one happened in the dead of night. This one today sounds like it was caused by a contractor illegally using a blowtorch. They will be charged.


I’m a Sunnyside resident since 2000, and it has always seemed to me that we have had an unusual number of fires between 46th street and 43rd on both sides of Queens Blvd. Am curious if they have any causes in common. The Sunnyside Post reported the fire on 46th Street between Queens Blvd and 43rd Ave in September. Was a cause ever assigned that fire? Thank you for your coverage.


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