Massive NY blaze destroys Jewish businesses


(JTA) — A massive fire in the Queens borough of New York City destroyed more than a dozen businesses, most Jewish owned.

The blaze that erupted Friday evening in a Kew Garden Hills strip mall required nearly 200 firefighters to bring under control. Three firefighters were injured.

Most of the businesses were closed in the predominately Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. The stores included a restaurant, deli, pizza shop, convenience store, law office and barber shop.

It is not known what started the five-alarm fire, which caused millions of dollars in damage, according to reports.

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