2 firefighters seriously injured in massive 4-alarm blaze in Williamsburg

Posted at 3:09 PM, Jan 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-22 18:18:35-05

BROOKLYN (PIX11) – Seven people were injured, including two firefighters, after a massive fire broke out inside a Brooklyn apartment Tuesday.

According to officials, the 4-alarm blaze started in the basement of a building located at 175 Bedford Avenue near 7th Street in the Williamsburg section at about 1:50 p.m.  The fire spread to the neighboring building through a shared wall, and then to a third building.

The fire prompted authorities to shut down traffic in and around the area surrounded the building, with forty-five fire engines reporting to the blaze.


At least 2 firefighters were injured in a 4-alarm blaze in Williamsburg Tuesday afternoon. (CREDIT: Lina Dorado ‏- @linagato)

At least two firefighters were seriously injured in the fire after a partial collapse, according to officials, and have since been transported to nearby hospitals. One firefighter was unaccounted for as of 3 p.m., officials said.

“It was a collapse of the rear room on the top floor, the ceiling had numerous levels,” said FDNY Chief James Leonard.  “It had sheetrock, it had wood, it had acoustical tiles, it had tin, and it was very heavy.”  The weight of the fire-weakened ceiling eventually brought it crashing down, “It pinned our firefighters to the floor,” said Leonard.

It wasn’t clear if any residents were trapped.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


The 4-alarm blaze started in the building located at 175 Bedford Ave, near 7th Street in Williamsburg.