U.S. Rep. Bob Turner, R-Forest Hills, was one of the more than 80 Breezy Point residents who lost their homes in a fire that tore through the neighborhood last night, according to Crain's New York.
Turner and his wife reportedly got out of the home safely, though the home, like most others caught up in the fire during Hurricane Sandy, was a total loss.
In a press conference this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the fire "terrible," and said "the winds were just devastating, blowing it from just one building to the next one."
Turner currently represents Forest Hills in Congress, though he lives in and represents Breezy Point, as well. His term of office ends in January, when he will be replaced by either Democratic candidate Grace Meng or Republican Dan Halloran.
Turner released a statement on Tuesday afternoon, confirming his loss and thanking first responders and rescue crews. It is reprinted in full below:
"My thoughts and prayers are with all of my fellow New Yorkers and the many others who are experiencing loss as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Last night’s storm showed once again that the professionalism and bravery of our first responders is second to none. I want to commend the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday in order to keep others safe.
Times like these create tremendous obstacles. However, by working together we will ensure that the power is restored and our neighborhoods are rebuilt. I will be working with FEMA and other officials in the coming days to ensure that residents have access to the assistance they need. I would encourage people to go to my website or Facebook page to find information on how to contact emergency services.
I, along with many other Breezy Point residents, lost our homes last night and I am grateful that my family and I are safe after this destructive storm. I hope you will join me in lending a hand to those who were less fortunate and keep everyone impacted by this storm in your thoughts and prayers."