Force of 106 battles Crown Heights inferno

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Hot top: The inferno engulfed the top floor of the Brooklyn Avenue building between Dean and Pacific streets.
Up in smoke: Firefighters pour water onto the flames from a tower ladder positioned above the burning building.
Burnt out: New York’s Bravest managed to quench the blaze after about an hour and a half. Injuries were limited to one civilian, whose wounds were minor.

A small army of New York’s Bravest quenched a fire that raged inside a vacant four-story Crown Heights building on Wednesday.

Firefighters swarmed the Brooklyn Avenue building between Pacific and Dean streets to squash the conflagration smoldering within its top floor after being called to the scene at 12:58 pm.

A force of no less than 106 fire and medical personnel took on the blaze, which burned for more than an hour and a half as some responders climbed ladders and boarded a cherry-picker to drench it from above, while others tossed water on flames bursting from the building’s windows from the streets below.

The inferno dealt minor injuries to one civilian, according to a Fire Department spokesman, who said the blaze’s cause is under investigation.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:50 pm, July 9, 2018
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Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
That’s nice, but those firefighters had the audacity to drive to their firehouse. I wonder if anyone they saved will be demanding that their placards get taken away.
Jan. 21, 2018, 2:05 pm

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