Fire strikes Hunts Point Terminal Market

11/21/2013 04:13:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

New York firefighters battled a fire that damaged one of the units on the Hunts Point Terminal Market.

On Nov. 20, firefighters responded to the fire that ignited at Mendez International Tropical Foods Inc., which does business from five units in the Row A building.

Hunts Point Terminal MarketThough a dozen firefighters suffered smoke inhalation, no civilian injuries were reported in the fire that caused smoke and fire damage to that one company and didn’t affect the rest of the Bronx-based market’s vendors, according to media reports.

Because of highly flammable contents of cardboard boxes and wood crates used to handle produce on the lower level, it escalated into a four-alarm fire and quickly spread to company offices on the second floor, according to media reports.

It took firefighters four hours to extinguish the fire and the event kept 18 tractor trailers loaded with produce waiting at the market’s front gate, according to media reports.

Authorities report no connection to an early November fire that broke out in a different part of the four building terminal.

Mendez International occupies four units on the terminal.



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