Saturday, January 30, 2010
Bensonhurst fire kills 5; baby is critical
From Eyewitness News:
A massive fire in a three-story Brooklyn apartment building has killed five people, and left a baby in critical condition.
The fire went to three alarms and the building was fully engulfed in flames.
When the fire was first brought under control, that is when fire officials found three people dead inside the building. Eyewitness News is told two more bodies were later found, bringing the death toll to five.
The fire broke out at around 2:30 this morning at 2033 86th Street in Bensonhurst.
The building has a restaurant on the ground floor and two apartments on the second and third floor.
Fire officials say when they arrived, they were met with a very heavy volume of flames.
One firefighter reportedly fell through the stairs while trying to get upstairs to the apartments.
Two adults were taken to Lutheran Hospital in fair condition.
There were complaints made about an illegal SRO and defective wiring previously, but DOB documented that they were both unfounded.