Fire guts Seventh Avenue apartment; two injured

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The fire broke out around 12:30 pm and gutted the upstairs apartment in the building on Seventh Avenue between Carroll Street and Garfield Place.
Firefighters quickly got it under control.
They don’t call them “smokeeaters” for nothing.
Nothing safe about this FDNY role.
And we end with a creative shot.

Two Seventh Avenue residents were injured in a fire that broke out in their third-floor apartment on Wednesday.

The blaze near Garfield Place in Park Slope started at 12:25 pm, drawing 60 firefighters, who put out the fire within 35 minutes. The FDNY is still investigating the cause.

A Fire Department spokesman said that the two residents were not badly hurt — a surprise to at least one neighbor who saw the bright orange flames lashing their violent tongues out the window.

“It was very scary — there was lots of fire and smoke coming out of the windows,” said Ella Auerbakh, who runs a day spa across the street from the building. “Thankfully, it wasn’t worse.”

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