Rep. Turner loses home in Breezy Point fire - New York News

Rep. Turner loses home in Breezy Point fire

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The home of New York congressman Bob Turner was one of about 80 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens that burned down during the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy.

The Republican lawmaker said in a statement that, along with many other Breezy Point, residents, he had lost his home. He expressed gratitude that he and his family were safe after the destructive storm.

"Right now we're in the rebuilding mode," Turner told Good Day New York on Wednesday.

"A fire started. I could see it from my home. The winds were really bad. We retreated to another place. All we could do was watch for two and a half hours until the water receded, added Turner.

The Republican of New York's 9th District said that anyone who was displaced by Sandy, contact FEMA 1-800-621-FEMA or visit his website http://bobturner.house.gov/

The cause of the blaze was still under investigation.

Turner won his seat in the Queens and Brooklyn area in a special election after Democrat Andrew Weiner was forced to resign because of a text-messaging scandal. His district is about to be eliminated because of redistricting and he ran unsuccessfully to be the Republican candidate for the Senate in the race against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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