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Wind-Whipped Blaze Destroys Entire Apartment Building in Brooklyn

Twenty Firefighters Injured

New York Daily News

AN UNCONTROLLABLE FIRE RIPPED THROUGH a 7-story apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, Saturday night that kept more than 200 firefighters busy for over eight hours in their efforts to knock the blaze down.

The call was dispatched at 6:40 pm and went quickly to five alarms as a severe windstorm blew through the city, fanning the flames and destroying the hose streams while the firefighters battled the blaze.

New York Daily News

One tenant of the 70-unit building, a woman was killed in the fire and at least 20 firefighters were injured during the attack, one of them suffering burns and needing to be rescued by his colleagues.

Associated Press

The building was a total loss and more than 100 residents lost everything to the fire.  The investigation into the cause of the fire is just getting started and there were no early clues as to where or how the fire began other than it was started on the 4th floor.

Complete reports on the fire can be read in:
New York Daily News HERE.
CBS News has a later report HERE.
The Daily News also has a good 14-image photo gallery HERE.

WCBS-TV Ch. 2 prepared this video report:

 

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