5 Firefighters Hurt as 4-Alarm Blaze Devours Brooklyn Warehouse

What to Know

  • At least five firefighters were injured in a massive warehouse fire in Brooklyn on Thursday; all are expected to be OK
  • Firefighters said they believe no one was inside when the fire began. No civilian injuries were reported
  • It wasn't clear what caused the fire, which officials say broke out on the first floor and quickly spread

At least five firefighters were hurt battling a raging four-alarm fire that ripped through a Brooklyn warehouse overnight, though all of the first responders are expected to survive, authorities said Thursday. 

FDNY says it got a call about the restaurant equipment warehouse fire on Monitor Street shortly after midnight; officials described a "deep seeded" blaze that was difficult to locate, and after firefighters spent an hour battling the fire from the inside of the warehouse they moved to an exterior attack for safety.

Ultimately, about 200 firefighters and EMS personnel responded. All of the injured firefighters were taken to hospitals; no civilians were hurt. Firefighters continued to battle the blaze for hours; they were still working as of 10 a.m. 

Firefighters said they believe no one was inside when the fire began. The flames started on the first floor but quickly spread to the entire two-story building, officials said. A cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Howie Cournoyer, who works in a studio nearby, says he was worried the blaze would burn down his wood workshop where he builds sets for TV shows. 

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