3 Firefighters, Infant Injured in Hunts Point
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, JULY 25- A stubborn early-morning blaze slightly injured 3 New York City firefighters and a toddler and a supermarket that had served a community was destroyed.
Officials say more than 200 first-responders were called to the blaze at the Food Dynasty Supermarket at 862 Hunts Point Avenue at 12:32 a.m. on Friday, July 25.
Police evacuated two 6-story buildings on either side of the burning one-story building that would spread to 5-alarms. Firefighters were expected to remain on scene for the rest of the day.
A 2-month-old child from one of the neighboring buildings was removed by paramedics and was treated for smoke inhalation at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. The child's injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.
Four firefighters were also treated for minor injuries.
Fire department sources say the blaze was immediately labeled, "suspicious" due to the high volume of fire. Fire marshals were on the scene and were already working to determine the fire's origin.
Residents say the Food Dynasty was a needed resource to the community, but noted their are two other supermarkets in the area and will be an "inconvenience" to many.