At least 80 homes in Breezy Point, Queens, a neighborhood on the tip of New York’s Rockaway Penisula, were destroyed by a fire during Superstorm Sandy.

200 firefighters battled the six alarm blaze that Mayor Bloomberg described as looking like a Midwest forest fire. By daybreak, fire authorities reported that three people were injured, although all injuries were minor.

NY Conservative Party chairman Mike Long is one of the residents who lost his home in the Breezy Point fire, and he joins Starting Point this morning to explain how the community is responding to the tragedy.

“It’s hard for me to even wrap my arms around it,” Long says. “It’s going to take quite some time but I know that this community will rise again and once again become a great place for families throughout New York.”