Brooklyn Apartment Fire

FDNY

23 Injured After 6-Alarm Fire Rips Through Brooklyn Apartment Building

April 03, 2019 - 9:50 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Nearly two dozen people were injured after a fire tore through an apartment building in Brooklyn late Wednesday afternoon, the FDNY said.

The fire began on the sixth floor of an apartment building in Sunset Park shortly before 5 p.m.

Originially, the FDNY reported that two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries as the blaze quickly escalated to 5-alarms.

Footage posted to the official FDNY Twitter page showed dark smoke rising into the air. Firefighters were still working to put the blaze out around 7 p.m.

The situation escalated further due to severe wind conditions, including gusts up to 40 mph. The fire reach 6-alarms shortly after 9 p.m. and firefighters were pulled out of the building.

According to the FDNY, 19 firefighters and four civilians suffered non-life-threatening injuries. 

"We pulled all Firefighters out for safety reasons and operated with exterior tower ladders, it is now a total exterior operation," FDNY Chief of Department John Sudnik wrote in a post on the department's official Twitter page. 

A total of 250 firefighters responded to the blaze, which Sudnik called "doubtful" late Wednesday evening. The FDNY notes that there were 54 units in the apartment building and the entire roof had collapsed onto the top floor.

All traffic to the area was being diverted and pedestrians were told to keep away from the area as firefighters worked to contain the flames.