4 first responders injured as blaze sweeps through Brooklyn brownstone

Lester Mason
January 12, 2018

Three firefighters and one police officer were injured battling a three-alarm fire at an apartment building in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday, January 2.

The fire began at a three-story building near the corner Bergen Street and Franklin Avenue around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday and spread to two neighboring buildings. No civilian injuries have been reported. Everyone who lives in the buildings made it out, but when firefighters went inside, they were met with a badly damaged staircase. "The stairs gave way, and we had three firefighters hurt on the stairway - not serious injuries", FDNY Assistant Chief Roger Sakowich said. PHOTOS from the scene:The fire led to some frightening moments for residents. Some were able to return to their buildings, but others were not so fortunate.

More than 135 firefighters were needed to get the fire under control by 11:51 p.m., the fire department said. "I can't say that that's what happened here, but the building is closed up tight and they are getting a good start". It also comes a day after the Bronx fire that injured at least 16 people when it broke out at the first floor of the building, spreading to the apartments above.

The official cause of the fire is still unknown.

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