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Firefighters battled a massive 6-alarm fire in an area flooded by Superstorm Sandy early Tuesday. About 50 homes in that section of Queens were destroyed. (CNN)

NEW YORK -- At least 50 homes have been destroyed in the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens, where firefighters battled a six-alarm fire early Tuesday.

Fire officials say the fire was reported at about 11 p.m. Monday and is located in a flooded Zone A area. City officials say it appears most of the area was evacuated prior to the fire and no serious injuries have been reported.

A fire department spokesman says nearly 200 firefighters were at the scene before 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Emergency personnel were expected to begin searching the area at sunrise.

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