BRONX, New York– Late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, a massive fire broke out in the Bronx, resulting in injuries to a firefighter and significant damage to multiple stores.
The fire originated on the Cross Bronx Expressway Service Road, where a tire shop and a flower store were completely destroyed.
Videos captured the extent of the blaze, showcasing its size and the dense black smoke billowing into the sky.
As of early Wednesday morning, firefighters had managed to bring the fire under control, but they continued to remain at the scene to ensure the situation was completely resolved.
Officials say the flames destroyed a tire shop and flower store on the Cross Bronx Expressway service road just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. Janice Yu has details._Credits: ABC7
While some neighbors were already starting the cleanup process by removing debris, the memory of the immense flames would not easily fade for those who lived and worked in the area.
The owner of the flower shop, which had been a longstanding establishment in the neighborhood for 35 years, expressed his sadness over the damage caused to their beloved store.
His nephew was present at the scene to assess the extent of the destruction.
“We are just waiting to see when we can go in to check everything out. I would say about 40 to 50 percent of the flower shop was beat up,” nephew Omar Reyes said.
The fire not only impacted the tire shop and flower store but also resulted in some minor damage to nearby apartments and office spaces.
Fortunately, there were not many residential properties in close proximity to the affected stores.
Additionally, it was reported that one firefighter sustained a minor injury during the incident.
The exact details of the firefighter’s injury were not specified.