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‘The Bruson Building’ seeking for Support and Hope

April 29, 2014 , Jose Pinto Stephen

Dear Honorable Elected Officials, Community Leaders and Supporters,

Subject: Urging to meet and greet with Jackson Heights recent fire victims of Bruson Building (74-09 37th Ave, near 74th Street). This gathering is scheduled for May 1st, 2014 – Thursday at 5 PM.

We the Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL) and Jackson Heights Bangladesh Business Association (JBBA) planning to hear from fire victims who lost their Business, House, Education and got injured due to the tragic fire last week.

Last Monday on April 21, 2014 fire broke out in Jackson Heights ‘Bruson Building’, 74-09 37th Ave, near 74th Street, after the four-alarm blaze broke out at roughly 5:45 P.M, that houses a college and several stores, injuring nine people, including one victim who was in serious condition from smoke inhalation.

It took nearly six hours to brought fire under control. The building houses and Plaza College which occupied the second floor and they rented some space on the 4th floor as well. The third floor was home for several businesses, including an Argentinian steakhouse, an Italian restaurant, a stationery store and a cellphone store including, the Queens Community House and the neighborhood’s LGBT senior center. The ground floor shops include a pharmacy, a stationary store and restaurants.

Due to tragic fire Plaza College students have to wait until to find out where they are going to school. This Plaza College, a four-year school specializing in medical and business careers is closed until further notice while administrators search for a temporary location.

As you know over 200 businesses including 20 Bangladeshi lost their Business. Since then the Plaza college students missing their classes. Several hundred people are unemployed due to this tragic fire. It seems as if we have failed as a community in some way. A fatal fire might be just the wake-up call for our community needs. It could serve as a catalyst for a new or reinvigorated commitment to fire safety and prevention.

So please come and join for an open discussion on how we can help all the tragic fire victims. You are key to this. You can help turn the tragedy of fire victims to a triumph of a safer community.

Please Contact for further information: Jackson Height Bangladesh Business Association President Zakaria Masud (917) 517-9777 or Mazeda Uddin (ASAAL women Chair) – (646) 318-4617 ( or Thomas Koovalloor (Chairman, Justice For All) – (914) 409-5772 (

Please read more about it from the following link.

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