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Fire erupts in Fort Greene brownstone

April 13, 2014 05:00PM

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