THE BRONX - News 12 The Bronx is counting down the top stories of the borough of 2013 as voted by our viewers. Coming in at No. 6 is the Wakefield fire that leveled an entire row of businesses.
A massive five-alarm fire burned an entire block to the ground in Wakefield back in May. The fast-moving flames gutted nearby homes and businesses along White Plains Road near E. 226th Street.
The blaze started at a garage, and about 44 units and 200 firefighters responded to it at around 6:15 that morning. The fire took more than three hours to contain.
Ten businesses were destroyed. Among those affected were a deli, a cellphone store, a check-cashing store and a mosque. Some of those businesses are still working with their insurance companies to rebuild.
The FDNY says the cause of the fire remains under investigation.