Firefighters battle fire and ice at Greenpoint house

Firefighters battled flames and bone-chilling cold Tuesday at a two-alarm Greenpoint blaze with an elderly woman inside.Firefighters arrived at the Eckford Street fire about 7

GREENPOINT - Firefighters battled flames and bone-chilling cold Tuesday at a two-alarm Greenpoint blaze with an elderly woman inside.

Firefighters arrived at the Eckford Street fire about 7 a.m. and soon discovered the nearest hydrant was frozen. They also had problems with equipment freezing up. However, they were able to use another hydrant to extinguish the fast-moving fire, which started in the basement of the two-story home. Firefighters took shelter in a heated van provided by the American Red Cross.

Officials say the elderly homeowner escaped unharmed, but is very shaken up. The home was completely destroyed and nearby buildings sustained roof damage. Neighbors were able to salvage some of the woman's belongings from the rubble. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: March to help seniors apply to college 1 VIDEO: March to help seniors apply to college
2 VIDEO: Interview with friend of East NY throat slashing victim
Brooklyn Weekend Travel Advisory, Dec. 10-11 3 Brooklyn Weekend Travel Advisory, Dec. 10-11
Some flavors offered were strawberry and tamarind. 4 Parade participants partake in snow cones
Check out these animals up for adoption. 5 Furry Friends for 12/9 - Animals for Adoption

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Furry Friends is a weekly segment on News Furry Friends

Furry Friends is a weekly segment on News 12 Brooklyn nightside.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE