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At Least 18 Firefighters Hurt Battling Five-Alarm Brooklyn Blaze

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A five-alarm fire raged in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, leaving at least 18 firefighters and three residents with minor injuries, sources tell CBS 2.

five alarm fire flatbush At Least 18 Firefighters Hurt Battling Five Alarm Brooklyn Blaze

Hundreds of firefighters battled to subdue a raging five-alarm fire in Flatbush, Brooklyn Saturday night. (Photo: CBS 2)

The roof burned until it was gone, and flames shot out of windows – only to be whipped around by gusty winds that made a bad situation even worse, reports CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

“I see the wind gusts, and it’s very hard for firefighters to put it out, and the top floor is gone,” one witness said.

At least 100 residents live in the building, and it appeared late Saturday night that all had been evacuated safely. Firefighters went floor by floor, making sure everyone was out of the building.

Celeste and Gary Bent were home. They say they heard a commotion before they saw smoke.

“I heard kids screaming ‘fire,’” Celeste said. “I went, opened the door, and saw the kids running down the stairs with pajamas on.”

The Bent family moved into the 29th Street building in 1973, and they were forced out into the cold streets with only the clothes on their backs.

“We’ll talk to the Red Cross, I guess they’ll put us up, and see what happens,” Celeste said.

Hundreds of firefighters responded to the fire, which reportedly caused the collapse of several floors of the six-story building on East 29th Street.

Several area streets were shut down to traffic, blocked off by emergency vehicles, during the effort to contain the blaze.

Complicating matters for firefighters Saturday night were the whipping winds, which during the course of the day had topped 50 miles per hour. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the Tri-State until four a.m. Sunday.

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One Comment

  1. Gloria Guerriera says:

    Let’s see. No one was killed. Firefighters did a great job. So a couple of them got hurt. According to the Mayor, the city should be able to close afew more fire houses.

  2. Bill says:

    Lets cut back on cops and fireman bloomberg good idea!

  3. LucyL. says:

    Thank God there are no fatalities. I live a couple blocks from the scene.

    1. Klara says:

      Actually, no, there was one fatality.

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