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Flames Erupt at Met Food

May 9, 2011 By Christian Murray

A small fire broke out at 8 p.m. Friday night at Met Food in Sunnyside.

Local residents called 911 when they saw smoke and flames coming from the 44-07 43rd Ave. store. The flames occurred inside the former location of Ceci Beauty Club, where Met Food is in the midst of retrofitting for its expansion.

While there were no injuries or fatalities, about 11 firetrucks arrived on the scene. The firefighters had to smash through the entrance of the former beauty salon to put out the flames.

The owner of Met Food said the cause of the fire is unknown and the expansion plans are continuing. He said there was no significant damage. The FDNY did not immediately respond to questions.

Thanks to Deniz Hughes for the photos and the news tip

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At one point there were many suspicious fires in our neighborhood. I remember when the Orchard on Queens Boulevard was destroyed by a fire. There used to be a large Japanese restaurant where the Starbucks is – also went up in flames. You have to wonder . . .

Lucky Lu

I thought perhaps they were burning all the price tags they always neglect to put on most of the products on their shelves.

43rd @ 43rd

Someone left the curling iron on.
I’m very glad no one was hurt and there was no major damage – I shop at Met every week and they’re very pleasant there.


It is really sad to see a business trying to expand and having a fire to deal with. Main thing no one got hurt. Lets hope our neghohood stays safe.


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