The family home was hit by powerful fireworks from a party that was taking place next door near the wine cellar, and the flames quickly spread to the top floor of the house.
Fed up and frustrated, Sharif Khan spoke exclusively to eyewitness news reporter Kemberley Richardson after firefighters rushed to his house.
“The fire was on the wall, and the plastic was boiling and melting, falling, falling down,” Khan said.
It’s hard to make out, but in the video you can see the flames and hear more fireworks as crews check for hot spots.
A Fourth of July party that went terribly wrong unfolded behind a restaurant on 101st Avenue in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens.
Even on Tuesday there were clear signs that there was a meeting with fireworks.
“It wasn’t little firecrackers, it was like a boom, the house was shaking,” neighbor Eddie Badillo said.
Khan and his family are fine, but they fear that if they weren’t at home on Monday evening, they could lose everything.
He and others here say this isn’t the first time they’ve had problems with a diner that opens in the afternoon and closes early the next morning.
“They party here every day like it’s everything for everyone,” Badillo said.
“I called 311 because of the garbage, stink, rodents and even talked to them, but they are not the kind of people who want to listen to what you have to say, they are arrogant,” Khan said.
Eatery without comment.
Khan hopes that someone will see this and do something about it. He has lived here for over ten years.
“I’m not afraid, I’m not afraid, this is my income, I live here, I worked for this, no one gave me this, I worked for this,” Khan said.
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