Inferno injures one and leaves over a dozen homeless in Brownsville

The scene of the fire in Brownsville.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A blaze tore through a Brownsville home on Thursday morning, leaving one a man injured and several more people temporarily homeless, according to the FDNY.

Over 100 firefighters rushed to the scene of the fire at 325 Crescent St. at around 5:30 am, where the inferno — exacerbated by the the structure’s wood frames — send black plumes of smoke wafting into the day’s first light as it tore through the building. 

One man was injured.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A family was evacuated from the premises, while one man was rushed to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center after suffering smoke inhalation. Residents could do nothing but watch as their home smoldered.

“My family is sitting on the sidewalk right now, they are upset since we were supposed to fly back to Mexico this morning,” one resident told amNewYork Metro, adding: “We lost all our documents to travel.”

Firefighters battled the dawn inferno for well over an hour, ripping pieces of the structure away to create ventilation.  The fire was placed under control by 6:45 am. Over a dozen individuals have been displaced and are working with the Red Cross for aid. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the FDNY’s Fire Marshal’s office.


A firefighter was covered in soot during the incident.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

This story first appeared on amNY.com