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Into the rubble: An FDNY fire marshall lookes for clues inside the fourth-floor bedroom of a Stanley Avenue housing building, where a two-alarm blaze is thought to have orginated Wednesday.
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A fourth-floor apartment in the Louis Pink Houses was gutted with flames on Jan. 15, in a disaster that sent four people to the hospital and killed two dogs.

Firefighters were called to the fourth-floor inferno on Stanley Avenue between Hemlock Street and Autumn Avenue at 12:27 pm, and the blaze was quickly upgraded to a two-alarm fire.

Altogether, it took 106 firefighters and 25 trucks nearly 40 minutes to quench the blaze, according to an FDNY spokesman.

The fire sent four people to area hospitals, including one wheelchair-bound victim who suffered critical injuries, although there were no human fatalities, according to the Fire Department.

Unfortunately, the same could not be said of man’s best friends. The fire claimed the lives of two dogs, witnesses said.

The human toll would have been far worse if not for the swift, heroic action of New York’s Bravest, who stormed the fourth-floor windows and rescued the suffocating residents within, according to a New York Post report.

“The firefighters just jumped in, got the ladders up and started smashing windows before going in,” passerby Cat Ragnauth told the Post. “I’m proud of them. They did a great job.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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