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Former Rep. Turner to Move Back Into Home Destroyed By Fire

Home of former congressman for Forest Hills was heavily damaged during a 2012 fire caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Bob Turner
Bob Turner

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Turner will move back into his Breezy Point home that was destroyed by a massive fire caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, NY 1 reported.

Turner, who was formerly the congressman for Forest Hills, was one of more than 80 Breezy Point residents who lost their homes during the fire.

Although the home still needs work 14 months later, Turner told NY 1 that he planned to move back into the property on Jan. 3.

“You couldn’t walk into it, it was a smoldering heap,” he said of the home following the fire.

Turner said that he and his wife had to walk through water up to their chins while evacuating during Hurricane Sandy.

He told NY 1 that fire insurance primarily covered the costs to fix the home, in which he had lived for 14 years.

Turner left Congress in January 2013. U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, D-Flushing, now covers the communities he previously represented.

Turner has indicated that he does not plan to run again for any office. In September, a faction of the Queens County Republican Party made a failed attempt to oust Chairman Phil Ragusa and replace him with Turner.

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