NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The MTA says eight Bridge and Tunnel police officers helped rescue more than a dozen people from a fire Wednesday morning at an apartment building in Queens.
The two-alarm fire broke out around 6:30 a.m. at a building on 51st Avenue near the Queens Midtown Tunnel in Long Island City.
The officers were on duty when they spotted smoke and flames coming from the building and rushed to the scene. That’s when they began going door-to-door to wake up residents.
“Once we gained entry and started kicking doors, people started coming out and asking what was going on and we were screaming, ‘fire,'” Owens told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.