Two-alarm fire ravages Bed-Stuy post office

bedford stuyvesant post office fire
A two-alarm fire blazed through a Bed-Stuy post office on Monday morning.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A two-alarm fire burned through a Bedford-Stuyvesant post office on the morning of June 5. 

The blaze broke out at a United States Post Office facility at 609 Myrtle Ave. just after 6 a.m. and spread to the parking garage, according to the FDNY.

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More than 100 firefighters responded to the two-alarm blaze. Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

More than 100 firefighters arrived on the scene to discover thick smoke in the basement of the five-story building, which has apartments on the top four floors.

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No injuries were reported as a result of the fire. Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Department members called in a special vent truck to help alleviate the choking smoke in the building, and quickly knocked down the main body of the fire using three hose lines and the building’s built-in sprinkler system. The facility was empty at the time of the blaze, and no injuries were reported.

firefighters at post office fire
The department brought in a special vent truck to abate heavy smoke on the scene.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

According to city records, 609 Myrtle Ave. has racked up a number of violations – mostly relating to construction and goings-on at the residential units above the post office. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.