Massive fire tore apart Dim Sum Palace restaurant in Chinatown Manhattan at night on Sunday, officials said as they left half a dozen firefighters are injured, several families are displaced.
The flame was first reported shortly before midnight on Saturday in rear of Earth floor restaurant before spreading to four story mixed-use building and become a five-alarm clock fire, the officials said. About 170 firefighters spent over six hours struggle with the “huge volume of fire”said FDNY assistant chief Tom Currao.
A dozen firefighters were hospitalized with minor injuries, authorities said. None of the residents were hurt.
representative for The Red Cross reported that two families received temporary housing and two other families moved on them.
While cause of in fire Sunday afternoon was still under investigation, officials said conditions inside building – located at 6 Chatham Square – may have played role in deterioration of the flame.
“Largely of these old buildings, there are many of hidden spaces where fire can travel,” Currao said. on Sunday. “As much water as we brought to the building was difficult to open up and extinguish”.
The flame is coming just two weeks after another early morning fire killed two people – 52-year-old man and his 91-year-old mother – in flat on near Mulberry Street.
May Lum, owner of adjacent wing on Wu said she woke up early on Sunday in thick clouds. of smoke over my apartment on Mott Street and immediately thought of recent hell.
“His just it’s terrible to think about a short film amount of time [since the last fire] and type of shift that occurs with small business owners and residents,” Lam told Gothamist.
“There’s something really intense about watching your neighborhood on fire like that’s her added. “It’s true hard land when one one thing happens after another.”