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Massive fire in New York hard to battle

Hurricane Sandy has been downgraded to a post-tropical storm but it is still packing the same punch.

Nearly 200 firefighters are at the scene of a massive blaze in Queens, New York Tuesday morning but one thing in their way of containing the fire is floodwaters that are already chest-high.

The blaze sparked overnight but continues to grow and has already destroyed 50 homes.

Firefighters are having to use a boat to rescue people who are trapped inside of the homes.

Officials say about 25 people were trapped in an upstairs apartment so they climbed an awning to bring them down.

It is unsure if there have been any fatalities at this point but officials confirm two civilians have sustained minor injuries.

The six-alarm fire is still under investigation.

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