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Two Stores Gutted in Bronx Four Alarm Blaze

By BILL TOMPKINS, Correspondent | October 19, 2020 | NEW YORK

Story No. 102020112

Bronx, NY - A long established cycle shop and a small grocery store were consumed by fire on the night of October 19th in the Wakefield section of the upper Bronx.

At 8:18 P.M., a phone alarm was received for a reported fire in a motorcycle shop at 4055 White Plains Road. On arrival, the “All Hands” was transmitted for fire throughout a 75'X100' bicycle shop. Members made a push as trucks opened the roof. An additional engine and truck were called for, followed at 8:23 P.M. with a second alarm. Conditions continued to deteriorate, and at 8:43 P.M., all members were ordered off the roof. A third alarm was transmitted as operations went defensive.

Flames extended to a small one-story grocery store on E. 228th Street. Handlines were stretched into exposure 3, a five-story brick OMD, and to exposure 4, a three-story brick OMD, to prevent any extension. Eventually, three tower ladders, three handlines and two Multiversals were in operation hitting the fire.

A fourth-alarm was sounded at 10:29 P.M. for additional resources as members were switched out. The fire continued to be darkened down until placed PWH at 10:49 P.M., and under control at 12:52 A.M.

The bicycle store and grocery store were completely destroyed. All exposures were undamaged. No injuries were reported, and the cause has not yet been determined.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.