Arrest made in Queens fire

July 8, 2010 7:52:10 PM PDT
Police arrested a 49-year-old building worker in connection with a fire in Queens.

The five-alarm fire happened just before 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday at 16-66 Bell Boulevard, a 7-story building in Bay Terrace, Queens.

The building has 152 apartments.

49-year-old Victor Hidalgo, a building worker, was arrested in connection with the fire.

Hidalgo is charged with reckless endangerment.

Marshals say he illegally used a blow torch on the building's combustible roof.

Thirteen firefighters were injured. Most went to North Shore Hospital in serious but stable condition with heat related injuries.

There were also 3 civilians injured. One of them was listed in serious but stable condition.

The fire was confined to the roof and cockloft.

Fire was brought under control shortly before 5:00 on Wednesday.


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