Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Brooklyn Home, Injures 3: FDNY

Two firefighters and one civilian were hurt

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013  |  Updated 9:10 AM EDT
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Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Brooklyn Home, Injures 3

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More than 100 firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze that injured three people in Brooklyn Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The blaze broke out around 4 a.m. on the first floor of a three-story building at Flatbush Avenue and East 35th Street in Flatbush. Flames ripped through the second and third floors, destroying the multi-family house. 

A second home was also slightly damaged in the fire, authorities said.

Gui Jean-Francois had just gone to bed when he smelled something burning. When he got up, he saw smoke and got his whole family, including his 3-year-old granddaughter, out of the second-floor apartment. 

"It was very scary," he said. 

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries. One of the building's occupants was also hurt but refused medical attention.

"We were very lucky there was only one person hurt and very minor injuries because there was a very large volume of fire," said assistant fire chief Joseph Pheifer. 

Firefighters had the blaze mostly contained within about two and a half hours, but continued to battle hotspots. Six blocks around the charred home were cordoned off.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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