FDNY: Five Alarm Wind-Whipped Fire Destroys Apartment Building in Brooklyn

FDNY: Five Alarm Wind-Whipped Fire Destroys Apartment Building in Brooklyn

Twenty FDNY Firefighters Injured

New York Daily News

AN UNCONTROLLABLE FIRE RIPPED THROUGH a 7-story apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, Saturday night that kept more than 200 firefighters busy for over eight hours in their efforts to knock the blaze down.

The call was dispatched at 6:40 pm and went quickly to five alarms as a severe windstorm blew through the city, fanning the flames and destroying the hose streams while the firefighters battled the blaze.

New York Daily News

One tenant of the 70-unit building, a woman was killed in the fire and at least 20 firefighters were injured during the attack, one of them suffering burns and needing to be rescued by his colleagues.

Powerful winds drove the fire quickly down the halls and throughout the building, especially once some of the windows were broken.

“The wind pushed the fire into the building and like a blow torch,” deputy fire chief Stephen Moro said. “It’s just impossible to go down a hallway in those conditions.”

Firefighters were turned back by raging flames. After the fire was finally brought under control about 2 a.m.,  firefighters found Feagin dead in her apartment on the sixth floor.

“With this building, this is very difficult because we had a collapse situation and (were) unable to reach certain apartments,” Moro said. “And also we had the danger of collapse with the roof. We were concerned that the entire building could come down.”

Fire officials said the high winds – with gusts of more than 50 mph – created the blow-torch effect.

Firefighters stand on the fire escape as winds whip the flames from a five-alarm fire in the Brooklyn borough of New York late Saturday Feb. 19, 2011. Strong winds have meant several hours of work for hundreds of New York City firefighters trying to extinguish a fire that ripped through a six-story apartment building. A fire department spokesman says at least 20 firefighters have been injured while battling Saturday's fire.

The building was a total loss and more than 100 residents lost everything to the fire.  The investigation into the cause of the fire is just getting started and there were no early clues as to where or how the fire began other than it was started on the 4th floor.

Complete Incident Reports on the fire:


Story and images first posted on Firegeezer.com

WCBS-TV Ch. 2 prepared this video report:

One Dead In Huge Brooklyn Fire: MyFoxNY.com

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