Updated 07/05/2012 10:50 PM
Four-Alarm Fire Sweeps Through Queens Residential Street
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More than a dozen firefighters sustained minor injuries battling a four-alarm fire in South Richmond Hill, Queens on Thursday.
It started in a house on 112th Street on Thursday afternoon and spread to the surrounding houses.
Authorities say about 175 firefighters worked for an hour and 20 minutes to extinguish the flames.
FDNY Deputy Fire Chief John Esposito said the blaze was a three-alarm fire, but the fourth alarm was triggered for relief purposes.
"It being very hot today, the hot weather is very taxing on the firefighters later in the afternoon, the hotter part of the day. So we had a high turnover of firefighters at the fire," he said.
The chief also said one civilian had minor injuries.
Fire marshals were still investigating the cause of the fire late Thursday, but officials believed it may have started in a rear deck.