5 Firefighters Hurt Battling Brooklyn Blaze

Two firefighters seriously injured

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    NBCNewYork.com
    Five firefighters were hurt, two seriously, battling the blaze.

    Five firefighters got hurt battling a raging fire in Brooklyn early this morning.

    Heavy flames devoured a three-story wood framed apartment building near Concord and Gold Streets. The first report of the fire came in just after 4:30 a.m. The blaze started on the first floor of the building and spread to the second and third floors.

    The two occupants inside the building managed to get themselves out safely.

    Two firefighters got badly hurt when a staircase banister gave way as they were leaving the building. They were taken to Bellevue Hospital with serious injuries, but are listed in stable condition. Three other firefighters suffered minor burn injuries.

    Authorities are monitoring the front wall of the building for possible collapse.

    There's no word yet on the cause of the fire.

    On Wednesday night, another fire in Brooklyn claimed the life of a 35-year-old man. Two other people were injured at the residential fire at 732 Decatur St. They were listed in stable condition.