Contractor Arrested After Inferno Overtakes Queens Apartment Building, Leaving Dozens Displaced: FDNY

Yonkers contractor Declan McElhatton has been charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to this Queens building on April 11, 2017.

A contractor has been charged in connection with the massive fire that ripped through a Queens apartment building Tuesday night, injuring 13 people.

The five-alarm fire at 56-11 94th St, which needed more than 200 firefighters to knock down Tuesday night, was sparked by an open flame near combustibles, officials said.

Almost 200 firefighters responded to the scene, and a total of 11 were hurt.

McElhatton, who works for the Yonkers-based Maintenance Asset Management group, was busted by fire marshals on Wednesday.

The blaze was brought under control in about three and a half hours; by that point, part of the roof had collapsed, officials said.

Eleven firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Two hundred firefighters responded to the blaze, which broke out around 6:30 p.m., extinguishing it shortly before midnight.

One resident says he was home in a top floor apartment when the fire began.

The FDNY used a drone in their efforts to tackle the rooftop fire.

FDNY tweeted a photo of McElhatton. Displaced residents were being cared for by the Red Cross at a nearby elementary school, according to ABC.

  • Larry Hoffman