NEW YORK — The FDNY was battling a massive warehouse fire in Willets Point, Queens, late Monday night.
People in the area were urged to keep their windows closed to avoid the smoke.
The fire had grown to four alarms by 11:30 p.m. The FDNY told CBS New York that the fire started on the roof of the one-story warehouse at 32-11 Harper St. A source confirmed that the warehouse is owned by the Department of Transportation.
No injuries have been reported.
About 150 fire and ambulance personnel were on the scene. The city’s Emergency Situations Bureau told residents in the area to close their windows.
The FDNY said a call came in around 10 p.m. reporting fire and smoke in the warehouse
Extinguishing the fire is expected to be a delicate operation. CBS New York overheard firefighters over the scanner say it contained hazardous materials, such as high-pressure tanks, diesel fuel, kerosene, gasoline, and welding tanks.
The NYPD is diverting traffic at exit 13 on the Whitestone Expressway. Police also closed down nearby Harper Arena.
Officials said they expected traffic delays in the area.
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