Nov. 20, 2014 By Michael Florio
A fire broke out in a Sunnyside apartment building last night.
The blaze took place on the fifth floor at 41-36 51st Street. The FDNY received a call just before 7 pm and the fire was brought under control by 7:30 pm, according to the FDNY.
The fire was contained to one apartment and one person, believed to be the tenant, was taken to a local hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The victim was believed to have been unconscious when he was removed from his apartment.
A neighboring tenant, who didn’t want to be named, showed up during the fire. She said the fire was first noticed by a passerby, who saw flames shooting out the window.
“This was traumatizing for everyone,” the neighboring tenant said. “Everyone here was freaked out.”
The apartment that caught fire is completely destroyed. The apartment above may have been damaged as well, and the apartment below suffered severe water damage.
The apartment that caught fire was rented by a younger man, according to a neighboring tenant, who moved into the building earlier this year. He was known for having parties.
“We [the occupants] were worried something like this would happen,” the neighbor said.
The FDNY is still investigating what caused the fire.