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Sandy fire devastates 50 homes in NY neighborhood

Fifty homes in a New York neighborhood destroyed by a mass blaze after superstorm Sandy, leaving more than 25 people to be rescued by firefighters

AFP , Tuesday 30 Oct 2012
UPDATE: Storm fire devastates 50 homes in NY neighborhood
Storm surf kicked up by the high winds from Hurricane Sandy break onto homes in Southampton, New York October 29, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
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Firefighters in boats rescued more than 25 people from 50 homes in a New York neighborhood that were destroyed by a mass blaze after superstorm Sandy, officials said Tuesday.

The Breezy Point district of Queens was left a smoldering tangle of wood and metal on Tuesday after the blaze. Firefighters said it was "a miracle" that only two minor injuries were reported.

Floodwaters were chest high on the street and firefighters used boats to make rescues, a fire department spokesman said.

About 25 people were trapped in an upstairs apartment in one home, and the apartment roof was ablaze when the people were rescued, according to New York media reports.

Smoke from the blaze covered a wide area.

Breezy Point is near Rockaway Beach, where firefighters rescued many people from flood-stricken homes during the mega-storm.

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