Officials: 9 injured in high rise fire in Crown Heights

Officials say a rapidly moving fire Wednesday in Crown Heights left nine people injured, including five firefighters.

News 12 Staff

Dec 26, 2018, 10:38 PM

Updated 1,933 days ago

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Officials say a rapidly moving fire Wednesday in Crown Heights left nine people injured, including five firefighters.
The deputy chief tells News 12 Brooklyn that the fire started around noon at an apartment building Montgomery Street near Bedford Avenue. He says firefighters were met with heavy smoke and used up their oxygen.
Officials say those who were injured are expected to recover.
Neighbors were seen passing out water bottles to firefighters.
According to the FDNY, the fire started in an apartment on the 12th floor. Those tenants were able to escape from the apartment, but they forgot to close the door, which led to them being trapped by smoke and flames in the hallway.
Firefighters were able to bring them to safety.
Lt. John H. Martinson was killed in the same building during a fire that officials say was started by a tenant using the stove to heat their apartment on a cold winter day in 2008.
Residents in the building say they were told to find shelter inside, and if they saw smoke coming into their apartments to put towels at the bottom of their doors to stop smoke from creeping in.
The Red Cross told News 12 Brooklyn that two families are now displaced after the fire destroyed one apartment and severely damaged another.
The deputy chief says that keeping the door closed when you leave during a fire is important.
There was no official word on what sparked the fire.


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