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Fire erupts in Fort Greene brownstone

April 13, 2014 05:00PM

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From left, firefighters respond to fire in Fort Greene brownstone, resident awaits rescue

From left, firefighters respond to fire in Fort Greene brownstone, a resident awaits rescue

A major fire broke out at a five-story Brooklyn brownstone Saturday morning, injuring six. The first floor of the residential building on Lafayette Avenue near Vanderbilt Avenue in Fort Greene erupted in flames shortly after 10 a.m.

Residents heard an explosion before flames erupted on the first floor of the building. Responding firefighters rescued two people from fourth- and fifth-floor windows and put out the fire.

Six people suffered minor injuries and were taken to area hospitals.

The cause of the fire was still being investigated early Sunday. Sources said the fire started in a first-floor kitchen.

Building manager Jan Ramakers ruled out the possibility of a gas explosion, since the building runs on electricity.

The building was evacuated and residents are currently staying with friends. [NYDN] —TRD

  • FlipoutNYC

    Was that Spike Lee on the roof?

  • Blame Canada

    There have already been two fires recently one in BK Chinatown and another one on Henry Street attributed to wiring in the kitchen. Maybe tenants are hooking things up to electrical sockets against the landlord’s objections and blowing up their rented premises because they feel it’s their right.

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