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Fire engulfs Williamsburg warehouse

No injuries reported

January 31, 2015 11:00AM

North 11th Street in Williamsburg (via Vic Nicastro)

North 11th Street in Williamsburg (via Vic Nicastro)

Firefighters battled a four-alarm fire that engulfed a Brooklyn warehouse Saturday morning.

The storage warehouse on North 11th Street by the East River in Williamsburg started at about 6:25 a.m., according to the New York Daily News. The property is owned by New 10th Street LLC and CitiStorage, which operates a records management and storage business.

No injuries were reported, but the nearby Star Energy oil refinery was evacuated as a precaution.

The warehouse has been at the center of a community lobbying effort that hopes to turn the site into a park, according to the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning. Locals have asked the city to purchase the warehouse and finance the relocation of CitiStorage so that the park can move forward.

In March of last year, a four-alarm fire tore through a Greenpoint recycling plant at 860 Humboldt Street. And back in 2006, a 10-alarm fire broke out at Greenpoint Terminal Market, gutting 15 buildings. [NYDN]Christopher Cameron

  • x

    Friday night lightning – another in Boro Park too? God help the FDNY.

  • JJ

    Makes one wonder why a paper records facility is on prime waterfront property when the city has a housing crisis.

  • irock

    very suspicious. either someone wanted their records burned or most likely the ownership wanted the ability to terminate storage leases early (pursuant to major property loss)….this land is worth more unencumbered. Funny, weren’t the Guttman’s a suspect in the Greenpoint terminal fire of 2008(?).

  • LeglessDog

    Note this company was acquired by a larger vendor (Recall) in May 2014: http://www.recall.com/media-room/2014/citistorage-acquistion

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