queens fire kew gardens More than 150 firefighters responded to the scene in Queens.
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A four-alarm fire tore through four floors of a Queens apartment building Tuesday night, leaving 11 people hurt and dozens homeless.


The fire broke out on the third floor of the seven-story Kew Gardens building just after 7 p.m. and quickly spread to the fourth, fifth and sixth floors, according to the fire department.


The fire was upgraded to third alarm after just 20 minutes and fourth alarm after about an hour. The fire department said 168 firefighters responded to the scene.


Firefighters had the blaze under control by 9:15 p.m.


Eight firefighters and three civilians were taken to Jamaica Hospital or North Shore Hospital with minor injuries, the fire department said.

The Red Cross was on the scene, assisting the building's displaced residents with food, blankets, clothing, support and emergency housing.

The fire was ruled accidental and caused by a failure of structural electrical wiring, the fire department said.

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