Top Story # 6: Wakefield fire

A massive five-alarm fire burned an entire block to the ground in Wakefield back in May.

A massive five-alarm fire burned an entire block to the ground in Wakefield back in May.

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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.

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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.
 

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