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Fire at Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue leaves Prospect Heights apartment building gutted

Morgan's Brooklyn BBQ
A three-alarm fire raced through Morgan's Brooklyn Barbecue on Jan. 27.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A massive inferno broke out in a beloved Prospect Heights restaurant and decimated an adjoining apartment building on Wednesday afternoon. 

Over 130 smoke eaters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the three-alarm fire on the corner of St. Mark’s and Flatbush avenues shortly before noon, where they battled the blaze for nearly two hours, according to FDNY officials. 

The incident sparked on the ground floor of the building, which is home to the trendy Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue, and quickly spread upwards throughout the structure. Following the fire, the restaurant remains closed. In an Instagram post the restaurant confirmed that they had a fire and reported that all their staff were safe.  

Authorities have reported no injuries, and an investigation will determine the cause of the fire — although a Fire Department spokesman claimed the fire did not appear to be suspicious.

The building is the second structure on the block to fall victim to a fire within the past five years. The building next-door was the site of a fatal fire in 2015 and has been boarded up ever since. During that fire, Morgan’s evaded harm.

“We definitely got very lucky,” Justin Eagle, a manager at Morgan’s told Brooklyn Paper at the time. “They did an amazing job containing the fire.” 

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