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FDNY Contains Deadly Fire in Prospect Heights

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

1 Dead, Many Injured In Prospect Heights 5-Alarm Fire.

Three people suffered critical injuries and two NYPD officers suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to a hospital, CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported.PROSPECT HEIGHTS — A man was killed and eight people hurt, three critically, when a massive fire engulfed a Flatbush Avenue apartment building Wednesday morning, FDNY officials said.The Fire Department says they received a call about a fire at 267 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights at 3:28 a.m., with the blaze on the first and second floors.

Flames in the ground-floor hardware store of 265 Flatbush Ave. and the floor above it quickly spread and consumed the building about 3:30 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said. “There was smoke everywhere, people on the roof and what seemed like hundreds of firemen. The FDNY called it a 2-alarm fire at 3:34 a.m.; then it became a 3-alarm fire at 3:53; at 4-alarm fire at 4:07; and a 5-alarm fire—for relief purposes—at 6:42 a.m. Firefighters, who were on the scene in two minutes, chased the flames to a deep seated area in the rear of the building.” The Daily News reports that the victim who died was a local business owner: Bassan Awad leapt from the fourth floor when “flames blocked his only route of escape, forcing him to jump out a top-floor window.” Awad owned a deli down the street; his sister-in-law said, “He tried to get out from the fire escape; the flames were too big.” Flatbush Hardware is co-owned by brother Desmond and Christopher Nation, whose father started the store after moving from Jamaica.

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