QUEENS, N.Y. (WPIX)—Firefighters were called back to a commercial strip in Queens that caught fire Saturday after hot spots continued to spring up overnight.
37th Avenue in Jackson Heights was still blocked off to traffic Sunday, as the row of commercial buildings was left barely standing.
More than 180 firefighters wrestled with the 4-alarm blaze Saturday after flames broke out just before 10 a.m. Thick smoke could be seen as far away as Long Island City.
More than 100 people evacuated from an adjacent apartment building have since returned to their homes. Business owners also returned to the scene Sunday to asses the damage to their stores.
City Councilman Daniel Drum says he intends to reach out to the Small Business Administration to try to get business loans to help owners get back on their feet.
Fire officials believe the fire started at Acme Furniture, then spread to adjacent businesses including a frame shop, a dry cleaner, an art supply store, a packaging store and a beauty supply store.
No one was injured.
The cause of the incident is still under investigation.