31 Injured In Brooklyn Apartment Building Blaze

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Thirty one people are injured—four of them critically—after a fire ripped through an apartment building in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn on Sunday morning.

New York City Fire Department press officer Chris Korzekwinski says firefighters received the call at 5:12 a.m. for a blaze at 510 61st St.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney reports on the fire

As soon as firefighters arrived, Deputy Chief Richard How said they got right to work, rescuing everyone as the smoke consumed the building.

“There were people on all parts of the fire escape being removed,” How said.

In addition to the four people in critical condition, four others are listed as serious.

Investigators said they put the fire under control by 7:27 a.m.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury.

The cause remains unknown as the investigation continues.

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  • Ron Boyce

    You may not want to hear this. But it will get worse. If the city closes 20 companies. The NYC fire department will not be able to handle all the emergencies and fires in the NYC safely . Since the reduction in manpower on engine companies you have seen fires increase in severity and injuires to firefighters increase and injuires and fatalities increase to cilvilans. The closures to fire companies will be devastating. If you want services you must increase taxes. The Mayor and his politcal appointments from out of town have no clue. This is the City of NY the largest and most populated city in the country. You need to restore the fifth man on all engine companies and increase taxes.If not , you can start counting alll the deaths.

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