A four-alarm fire tore through and heavily damaged at least five businesses on Bailey Avenue late Monday night, but of the more than 160 New York Fire Department personnel on the scene, only one was slightly injured.
Investigators believe the blaze was sparked inside Yeung Hing Restaurant at 3650 Bailey Ave., just off West 238th Street, just before 11:30 p.m. By the time first responders arrived, the flames already had spread to neighboring businesses including Bailey Deli & Grocery, Con Sabor Latino restaurant, Tililá Casa Publica & Cocina, and Best Laundromat.
The Chinese restaurant and deli appeared to suffer the most visible damage with their front windows blown out and much of their interior space scorched. Both Con Sabor and Tililá appeared to have some interior damage — although it was unclear how much — while some of the drop-down ceilings in the laundromat collapsed and its front display windows were destroyed.
Firefighters say they got the fire under control just after 1:30 Tuesday morning.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to the New York Police Department’s 50th Precinct, although police have handed those reins over to the fire department.
— Additional reporting by Michael Hinman