Baby among injured when fire rips through three Brooklyn homes
This is the moment a fierce blaze lit up a Brooklyn block before dawn Thursday, quickly escalating into a four-alarm inferno that spread to two neighboring buildings and injured at least 12 people — including an infant who is clinging to life.
A video clip, obtained by CBS New York reporter Aundrea Cline-Thomas, shows the flames suddenly erupting at 1488 E. 17th St. between Avenue N and Avenue O in Midwood just after 4 a.m.
A 6-week-old boy, who was inside the main building, is in critical condition, suffering from smoke inhalation with difficulty breathing, sources said. He was taken to Maimonides Medical Center.
“Upon arrival, [firefighters] had fire in the original building and they also had fire spreading through both of the exposures on either side,” FDNY Chief of Operations Thomas Richardson said at a morning press conference. “Initially they did make an interior attack into the main fire building, but they quickly had to evacuate that building and we concentrated our efforts on the two exposures.”
The roof and top floor of the building where the fire initially broke out largely collapsed, and part of the roof of the building to the right also crumbled, Richardson said. The roof of the building to the left also experienced a “minor collapse,” he added.
Four other people were hospitalized, including three adults and a firefighter, Chief Lillian Bonsignore, chief of EMS operations, said at the press conference.
One of the smoke inhalation injuries was not from the main home but from a neighboring home, Bonsignore added.
All are listed in stable condition.
All of the people who were inside the main home at the time the fire broke out have been accounted for, Richardson said. The occupants of all of the buildings self-evacuated, he said.
Forty fire units and 25 EMS units responded, with 170 firefighters working the scene, according to Richardson.
The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.
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