4 NYPD officers praised for bravery during fire at Langston Hughes Houses in Brownsville

Officers Adnan Dizdarevic, Karol Sabodacha, Lawrence Avvenire and Eugene Blyumenfeld are being praised for their bravery during a fire in a 22-story building in Brownsville. (1/18/14)

BROOKLYN - Four NYPD officers are being praised for their brave actions after a fire broke out on the 12th floor of a 22-story building in Brownsville.

The flames sparked at the Langston Hughes Houses at around 4:20 p.m. Friday and were extinguished within an hour.

Officers Adnan Dizdarevic, Karol Sabodacha, Lawrence Avvenire and Eugene Blyumenfeld located a woman on the 12th floor, who was screaming and crying for help. Avvenire and Dizdarevic carried the 57-year-old woman down the 12 flights of stairs to the safety of the lobby.

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The other two officers continued to knock on apartment doors to alert residents of the fire and escort them down the stairs. All four  officers were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Eight residents were injured during the fire and taken to area hospitals.  Their injuries were not life-threatening.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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