Fire raging at warehouse on W’burg waterfront

Fire raging at warehouse on W’burg waterfront
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

A massive blaze has consumed a large waterfront storage facility in Williamsburg.

The fire ignited just before dawn at the CitiStorage building on Kent Avenue between N. 10th and N. 11th streets, and firefighters got the call at 6:28 am, fire officials said.

It quickly escalated and FDNY reps said more than 200 firefighters from 40 companies are fighting the fire that has blanketed much of Williamsburg and Greenpoint in a thick haze all day so far.

No one has been injured, Fire Department officials said, and the building mostly houses files and paper goods. Locals have been reporting on social media seeing scorched pieces of medical and other records flying through the neighborhood.

Officials say they do not yet know the cause of the fire.

The Greenpoint-bound B32 bus is currently being rerouted up Berry Street starting at Metropolitan Avenue, and resuming its normal route at N. 14th Street.

The CitiStorage building is one of a handful of properties the city had vowed to buy to expand Bushwick Inlet Park, but which skyrocketed in value following the controversial 2005 rezoning of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront. The city now says it can’t afford the lots.

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