(CNN) – Rep. Bob Turner, a first term congressman whose district partly falls in Queens, lost his home Tuesday in a fire that consumed at least 80 homes in the New York borough.
"I am grateful that my family and I are safe after this destructive storm," the Republican congressman said in a statement.
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Turner was elected last year in a special election to replace disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner and became the first Republican to represent the area in decades.
Shortly after Superstorm Sandy slammed into New York City –knocking down power lines and detonating transformers–the fire spread across a flooded neighborhood of Rockaway Peninsula in the early morning hours Tuesday.
The blaze was fueled by high winds and downed electrical wires, as some 200 firefighters sought to combat the six-alarm blaze in the neighborhood, known as Breezy Point.
"Times like these create tremendous obstacles," Turner said in a statement. "However, by working together we will ensure that the power is restored and our neighborhoods are rebuilt."
Turner represents New York's 9th Congressional District, which covers parts of Brooklyn and Queens. His website says he grew up in Queens and raised his family there with his wife of 48 years.
Due to redistricting, Turner declined running for re-election to the House and instead sought to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for her seat. However, he failed to win the Republican nomination in the primary earlier this year, losing it to Manhattan attorney Wendy Long.
– CNN's Deborah Feyerick contributed to this report.