‘Everything burned down’: Kensington cellphone store gutted by early morning inferno

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A fire gutted a Kensington cellphone shop early Monday morning, reducing the store and its inventory to a pile of char, witnesses say.

“Everything burned down,” said Mir Chowdhury, who works at a medical office located within the same building as the cell store. “Nothing’s left.”

New York’s Bravest were called to battle a blaze inside a first-floor cell store at the Dahill Road building between Louisa Street and Church Avenue at 2:23 a.m. on May 13, sending 12 units of 60 firefighters and paramedics rushing to quell the inferno, which they quenched following an hour-long battle, according to a spokesman for the FDNY.

Two firefighters were later treated for minor injuries resulting from the fire, according to the FDNY spokesman.

Several other first-floor commercial properties located within the building appeared undamaged by the fire Monday afternoon, except for a strong odor of smoke, which caused the manager of a pharmacy located there to leave his doors open despite the chilly temperature.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined and is under investigation.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 11:51 am, May 14, 2019
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