Eighteen children were harmed in a fire at an Orthodox Jewish daycare in Queens, including one who is reportedly hospitalized in severe condition, according to the FDNY.
Around 2:00 pm, a fire was reported in the basement of the structure located at 147-07 72nd Drive 147th St.
According to the NYPD, the first-floor residence was in control by 2:45 PM.
Although a lithium battery was discovered in the basement, the origin of the fire is still being looked into.
Two commercial enterprises, a daycare, and a dentistry lab were reportedly functioning in the basement, according to inspectors with the Department of Buildings. Reports from WABC 7.
A complete vacate order has also been issued, along with violations.