Post-Sandy blaze scorches 50 New York homes
A blaze swept through more than 50 homes in the New York City borough of Queens early Tuesday in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, firefighters said.
The New York Fire Department said on its Twitter page that more than 50 homes had been "completely destroyed" by the six-alarm blaze. The fire department could not immediately be reached for further comment.
The fire came after the megastorm slammed into the US East Coast, flooding lower Manhattan, inundating several subway lines and knocking out power to a half a million homes and businesses across the city.
The massive storm carved a swath of destruction across the US eastern seaboard, downing trees and power lines from New England south to the Carolinas and leaving 13 dead in the United States and Canada.