Fire tore through a Flatbush Irish bar on Thursday morning, destroying the watering hole and sending neighbors running for their lives.
“My girlfriend smelled smoke, ran to the window, and saw a fire ladder, like, three inches from the window,” said Scott Soren. “When I touched the conjoining wall it was warm, and we just ran outside.”
Sixty firefighters responded to a 911 call at 9:40 am and found a roaring blaze at the 773 Lounge on Coney Island Avenue between Dorchester and Cortelyou roads, fire officials said. They managed to get the conflagration under control an hour later, a Fire Department spokesman said.
There were no injuries, according to the FDNY.
In the aftermath of the fire, the 773’s owners took to Facebook to thank their loyal customers and declare their intention to bounce back.
“We could never repay your love and support, but we appreciate and adore it,” they wrote. “Hoping to rebuild.”
Scott, safely back in his undamaged apartment on Thursday night, said he hoped to see the taps flowing again soon.
“It was kind of our local,” he said. “I think they’re going to rebuild and make it even better than it was.”