11 Hurt, 4 Critically, When Fire Rips Through Brooklyn Brownstone

Firefighters were on scene within minutes after getting the call Thursday morning, officials say

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013  |  Updated 8:06 PM EDT
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Eleven people were taken to the hospital, four in critical condition, when a fire tore through a brownstone in Brooklyn Thursday morning, authorities said. Rob Schmitt reports.

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Eleven people were taken to the hospital, four in critical condition, when a fire tore through a brownstone in Brooklyn Thursday morning, authorities said. Rob Schmitt reports.

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Eleven people were taken to the hospital, four in critical condition, when a fire tore through a brownstone in Brooklyn Thursday morning, authorities said.

Fire officials say the two-alarm fire consumed two floors of the three-story home on Chauncey Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant. 

Authorities received a call about the fire around 9:15 a.m. and were on scene within five minutes, fire officials said.

 
Chanel Dukes was trapped on the third floor when she was rescued. 
 
"The firefighter climbed up the fire escape with the crowbar and popped off the lock," she said. "My brother jumped out, and I jumped out, and they caught me."
 
"I thought we were going to die in there." 

Officials said there are six apartments in the brownstone and the victims were trapped by the flames. In addition to the four critically hurt people, two suffered serious injuries. The other victims' injuries were considered minor. 

 
A pet cat was also treated with oxygen after surviving the fire. 
 
Red Cross says it's helping three families -- seven adults and six children in total -- with emergency housing. 

The cause of the blaze is under investigation. 


-Sheldon Dutes contributed to this story

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