3-alarm fire breaks out in Williamsburg apartment building on South 3rd Street

Williamsburg tenants scrambled for safety after an early morning three-alarm fire ripped through their apartment building. Fire officials say it started at around 4:30 a.m.

Dozens of residents and their pets were able to safely evacuate the six-story building.

Dozens of residents and their pets were able to safely evacuate the six-story building. (7/18/13)

BROOKLYN - Williamsburg tenants scrambled for safety today after an early morning three-alarm fire ripped through their apartment building.

Fire officials say it started at around 4:30 a.m. between the ceiling and roof of the six-story building at 188 South 3rd St., which has about 40 units.

Dozens of residents and their pets were evacuated, and no injuries were reported. The FDNY says one firefighter had to be taken out of the building on a gurney after likely suffering heat exhaustion. A total of 33 apartments were damaged.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but tenants believe it's related to electrical problems they've been having.

News 12 made multiple attempts to reach the building's landlord and management company, but they have not responded yet.

The Department of Buildings opened four complaints on the property this morning, including two that involved faulty electrical wiring.

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