BREAKING: FDNY Struggles to Contain Blaze at Paradise Manor
UPDATE: 9:56 p.m. FDNY Chief Kevin Woods held a press conference stating that the fire is under control thanks to the 181 firefighters and EMS personnel who were onsite at the height of the four-alarm fire. The building was vacated safely, with no reported injuries to firefighters or occupants. The fire marshal is presently investigating the fire.
Additionally, subway service, suspended in the area, has been restored.
UPDATE: 8:45 p.m. - FDNY says that although there are still areas of resistant flames in the wall and ceiling of the building, firefighters are opening up pockets on the roof to put out the fire in small but resistant areas. The smoke still rising from the eaves of the building is from the fire lingering in the walls and ceiling.
FDNY has stated that they expect the fire to be under control shortly.
UPDATE: 8:25 p.m. - The fire at Paradise Manor has been upgraded to a four-alarm fire as additional manpower is being requested to battle the ongoing blaze.
Firefighters are at the scene of a rapidly growing fire at the popular Paradise Manor on New Utrecht and 58th Street.
The entire hall is ablaze as firefighters at the scene are struggling to contain the fire in what appears to be a losing battle.
Hatzolah and other emergency personnel are at the scene of what has rapidly turned into a three-alarm fire with the sound of shattering glass coming from the building as smoke continues to pour out of the windows.
FDNY has requested that all trains headed toward the area be rerouted.
Updates will be provided as they become available.
Photos by: Dovid Y Jaroslawicz and Shimmy M.