Investigation underway after 2 fires break out in same building just hours apart

Posted at 9:58 PM, Mar 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-18 21:58:22-04

Firefighters knocked down a stubborn blaze inside a mixed-use building on Fulton Street early Monday morning, only to be called back hours later to put out a second fire.

The first fire at 138 Fulton St. — a four-alarm blaze — started on Sunday morning before 7 a.m., and engulfed the second and third floors.   It took more than 130 firefighters until 9:40 a.m. to bring it under control; three suffered minor injuries, according to officials.

Just before 2 a.m., the FDNY received another call of a fire at the same building, this time on the fourth and fifth floors.  Damage to the structure from Sunday’s fire made it impossible for firefighters to battle the blaze from the inside.

FDNY Chief John Esposito said the fire most likely not a remaining hotspot from the day before, “The fire was in a different area and we had people on the scene last night until six o’clock. So it’s gonna be investigated.”