5-Alarm Southern Boulevard Fire injures Two, Ties Up Traffic For Hours.

By Robert Press

Water from a hose shoots out a window in the fire apartment. Credit: Robert Press

Southern Boulevard below Fordham Road was closed for two hours as firefighters fought a five alarm fire at 2363 Southern Boulevard near East 187th Street. The fire completely destroyed a first floor apartment, and sent two people in the apartment above the fire to the hospital with smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire was declared unknown, and an investigation will be done to determine the exact cause of the blaze.

Tower ladders set up to the roof, blocking Southern Boulevard to traffic. Credit: Robert Press

One of the two people in the 2nd floor apartment who were overcome by smoke.
Credit: Bob Press

Tower ladders blocked the entire street for hours for rooftop access, as two buses that run on Southern Boulevard were stuck between the fire and responding fire units. Those buses were turned into temporary shelters for residents who were forced out of the six story building.

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