Rep. Bob Turner’s Queens home destroyed by fire


A fire burns at least two dozen homes in a flooded neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens on Tuesday. (Stephanie Keith/AP)

Hurricane Sandy hit New York's Rockaway Peninsula hard, leaving many homes -- including a congressman's -- in flames. 

The home of Rep. Bob Turner (R-N.Y.) was among 80 flooded houses destroyed by fire in Breeze Point, Queens. The congressman and his wife were not harmed. 

 

"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," Turner said in a statement. "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."

Turner ran this year against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), but lost the GOP primary. He saw his district effectively eliminated, essentially ending his short congressional career.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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