NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Crews were still putting out hot spots Monday morning at the scene of a 5-alarm warehouse fire in Brooklyn.
About 200 firefighters responded to the blaze when it broke out around 10:45 p.m. Sunday on Parkside Avenue near Rogers Avenue in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.
Firefighters initially entered the warehouse on the ground floor to combat the flames, but the fire was so strong, crews were pulled out and used fire ladders to douse the roof, CBS2’s Magdalena Doris reported.
The building, which was filled with restaurant supplies, was completely destroyed.
“It’s some sort of a cold storage, it’s got a lot of refrigerators, it’s got a lot of restaurant supplies. We assume that there’s some sort of cooking oils in there because it’s really burning,” FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard said.
Leonard said the fire was contained early Monday and did not spread to a neighboring business and church. One civilian was taken out on a stretcher, conscious and receiving oxygen. Another firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.
Because of the intensity of the fire and the type of materials being stored at the warehouse, the FDNY will keep a ladder company on the scene through the day Monday just to be safe.
“Longer operation because it’s like, as we use the term, ‘surround and drown,’ you really just like a deluge of water and basically just trying to flood everything out,” FDNY Battalion Chief Bob Endall told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck.
Leonard said it was the second 5-alarm fire crews responded to in the last 24 hours. He said another fire broke out another commercial building in Queens, but said the two are not related.
“Two commercial building fires, it’s unusual to have two 5th-alarm fires in one day,” said Leonard.
The cause of the Brooklyn fire is under investigation.