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Two-Alarm Fire Breaks Out in Woodside Two-Story Home

Firefighters working to control the fire at 50-68 47th St. this morning.

Jan. 9, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

A fire consumed part of a Woodside house this morning as firefighters worked to bring the flames under control.

Firefighters began responding to the incident at 50-68 47th St., the site of a private two-story home, just after 11 a.m. Several firefighters at the scene said the flames originated from the back of the home, the only portion of the home that is visibly charred. A car at the back of the home was also destroyed by the fire.

An FDNY EMS worker at the scene said all the people in the private dwelling got out safely.

Firefighters controlling a fire at a Woodside house this morning.

Maria Calbo, 65, lives in the first floor of the home and said the entire two-family home was occupied by members of her extended family. Tears streamed down her face as she watched multiple firefighters drown her home with gallons of water.

Calbo said her mother, her sister, and herself were the only ones home this morning. Her elderly mother, however, had left the home well before the fire started to run an errand. “God knows what he’s doing,” she said.

Michelle H., a family member who lives just blocks away and who did not want to give her full name, ran to the home on the corner of 47th Street and Laurel Hill Boulevard as soon as she heard of the fire.

“My whole family lives there,” Michelle, 28, said as she listed her grandmother, aunt, uncle, and cousins.

A destroyed car at the back of the home, where the fire started.

Michelle added that the family had several pets, including a ferret, living at the home. As the firefighters worked to control the fire, Michelle said that two cats and one small dog were missing.

By 12:04 p.m., the fire was under control. An hour later, over seven firetrucks from Engine 325/Ladder 163 in Woodside, Engine 259/Ladder 128 and Engine 258/Ladder 115 in Long Island City, and from several other firehouses, had left the scene.

The Sunnyside Post has reached out to the FDNY headquarters for more information and is awaiting response.

The home after the fire was put out.

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16 Comments

Anonymous

Sorry you are all wrong.. my grandma luckily because of my moms advice told her to go out and enjoy the weather.. we thought the animals were burned alive.. again by gods grace that was not the case.. There is still the kitten that was just saved by my aunt … so instead of of the the assumptions of what may have happened if u are near and see a kitten please let us know or hold it for my aunt thank you god bless




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Anonymous

I witnessed the heroic action that “kevin” made yesterday. He was just on the street when he noticed the fire and busted down the door and got out a woman, a child, about 180 pound pitbull. Then he went back into the home when the smoke and fire got worse to climb up the stairs to get the older grandma. That guy did this all before FDNY arrived he was truly a hero and I wish that I could of thanked him. It’s amazing to see how selfless people can truly be to a group of completed strangers. Kevin thank you for being brave, you’re a hero!!!




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Anonymous

Thank you for giving Kevin the credit he deserves he risked his life to save those people and I’m so happy that someone witnessed his selfless Act of Courage and after he saved them from the burning building he went back to work no Fanfare for Kevin he just does the right thing so again I say those people have a guardian angel named Kevin thank you




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Anonymous

That is totally incorrect ask the family who risked his life to save a woman child and abuela upstairs with pit bull what a disgrace his name was Kevin and he was their guardian angel ask the people what happened . No appreciation.He was there before the FDNY. Got family out and went back to work. GOD BLESS KEVIN.Yes and FDNY did do a great job putting out fire. God bless FDNY. Get your facts ask family.




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Anonymous

What are you guys smoking. Fdny did a phenomenal job and did not allow the fire to spread. No Kevin was there firefighter gave the dog oxygen and was able to revive him. And they wrote the article wrong. The




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Anonymous

Did their ferret and cats make it out alive? This is the 2nd housefire on this block within 2 years.




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Anonymous

One cat is in our care while the other is still to be found. The ferret is also safe with us. Thank you for your concern. It’s greatly appreciated.




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Steve

What does you missing cat look like? I will keep an eye out if you haven’t found it yet. I am sure others will keep a look out too, if you put up a missing poster.




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Anonymous

There was a man who risked his life and went in and saved all those people and a dog. No mention of his name no thank you for saving their lives what a disgrace. His name was Kevin.




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Anonymous

Check your facts, only a dog was saved everyone else walked out on their own but thank you Kevin for resuscitating and saving the dog.




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Anonymous

My girl and I were waiting outside my house for an Uber when this all happened. “Kevin” saved that family, and their dog by banging on their front door and evacuating them all. By the time they all were out, fire and smoke had consumed the house. They were able to get 3 of their six animals out of the house. The other 3 were in the upstairs portion of the house, and I’m not sure if the fire fighters were able to save them.




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Em

Did you used to have a small dog who lived in your yard? I live a few houses away, i loved that puppy so much.




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Anonymous

nobody did anything my family is very family oriented and unfortunately life was not fair.. yea it is very sad .. nobody did anything.. Please be careful with your words.. I ask with rrespect




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