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Firefighters battle ice, cold in pair of Hollis fires

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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Firefighters battled the ice and cold in separate fires that broke out in Hollis, Queens, almost simultaneously overnight Wednesday.

One fire started at a home on 191st Street and 109th Avenue around 10:30 and quickly grew to a second alarm.

Crews had to use a blow torch on one rig that had iced over, but managed to get the flames under control in about an hour.

The second fire, also a two-alarm blaze, broke out on 198th Street and 104th Avenue around 11:30 p.m., as the first fire was waning

Authorities say the flames started in the basement and spread to the first floor.

It took firefighters a little more than two hours to contain the flames.

No one was seriously hurt in either fire.

The causes remain under investigation.

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