News Queens fire tears through several businesses, multiple people injured, FDNY says There was a roof collapse in one of the buildings, Assistant Chief Anthony De Vita said. Firefighters respond to a five-alarm fire in a strip of commercial buildings on Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, Queens, on Thursday. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert By Nicole Brown firstname.lastname@example.org @ncb417 Updated December 13, 2018 11:07 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Several businesses in Queens were in flames early Thursday morning, injuring seven firefighters and five civilians, the FDNY said. The five-alarm blaze started shortly after 2 a.m. inside a restaurant on Queens Boulevard, near 45th Street, in Sunnyside. When firefighters arrived minutes after receiving a call, it had already spread to adjacent buildings, Assistant Chief Anthony De Vita said. “At this time, we have six businesses affected by the fire,” De Vita said at about 6:45 a.m. The roof of the commercial strip collapsed, likely because of a backdraft, the chief said. “With the amount of fire and heat and with the right amount of fuel and oxygen, sometimes you have a smoke explosion, a backdraft which is basically an instantaneous ignition of smoke and heat and gases,” he said. All the injuries were not life-threatening, the FDNY said. The fire was placed under control at about 8 a.m. The cause of the fire was under investigation. By Nicole Brown email@example.com @ncb417 Nicole Brown is the Internet News Manager at amNY.com, covering local news since 2016. She has written for MSNBC.com and was editor-in-chief of NYU’s Washington Square News. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Photos: Sunnyside businesses destroyed by fireThe roof of the commercial strip collapsed during the fire. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.