A Douglaston, Queens home under construction was devastated by a three-alarm fire last night. The blaze, as WPIX reports, turned the bright evening sky dark: "Battalion Chief James Doherty said the property was sprawling, 90 feet into the interior, which made it difficult for firefighters to gain access." Here's video:

A witness told NY1, "I heard at least two explosions, very loud, one was louder than the other, quite loud explosions. I have no idea what it was. Nothing different, just a massive wall of high fiery flames." The person who uploaded the above Youtube video noted, "During the fire, the upper floor collapsed and the construction extension part as well as half of the back of the house was destroyed. Response by the FDNY, NYPD and local services was very, very good."

Apparently neighbors had been unhappy with the amount of work being done on the Victorian-style home. According to WCBS 2, "Neighbors said the construction has been going on for more than two years. It includes the 60-foot extension and an indoor lap pool. George Dunnigan said the home’s owner, David Wang, did work without permits and put people at risk."

Dunnigan said, "I personally called him in for safety violations, for site conditions. He was shut down because his workers were wearing flip flops and straw hats, rather than boots and helmets. There were propane tanks.”

When WCBS 2 asked Wang (whose last name is spelled "Huang" in DOB info) about the 44 Department of Buildings complaints against him, he said, "Why? Because they don’t like other people live in the neighborhood, because they don’t like me, that’s it."

The Fire Department is investigating the cause. It's believed there was some work being done to the house earlier in the day.