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Massive Fire Engulfs Queens Outpost of Popular Chinese Restaurant

The Long Island City branch of Xi'an Famous Foods is one of 16 in the city

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A three-alarm fire gutted the Long Island City branch of Xi'an Famous Foods, the Chinese restaurant that started in a Flushing basement and quickly became one of the city's favorite chains.

The FDNY said 140 firefighters battled the blaze Thursday afternoon. Pictures tweeted by the department show severe damage to the roof and sides of the building.

The FDNY subsequently tweeted around 4:20 p.m. that one person suffered a non life-threatening injury.

The chain, which started in 2005, has 16 locations around the city, mostly in Manhattan.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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