Firefighters battle Williamsburg inferno

More than 100 firefighters rushed to the blaze at Kent Avenue and North Seventh Street around 4:15 pm and battled the flames for about 40 minutes before they brought it under control.
Photo by Paul Martinka

A fire tore through a Williamsburg apartment building on Saturday afternoon.

More than 100 firefighters rushed to quench the second-alarm blaze at the four-story building on Kent Avenue near North Seventh Street at 4:15 pm, according to a spokesman for the Fire Department.

The flames gutted parts of the building, and the fire swept over to a neighboring house, but there were no reports of injuries, the spokesman said.

A fire tore through a Williamsburg residential building on the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 21, while thousands of onlookers watched from the surrounding area, including at the weekend food market Smorgasburg.
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Thousands of bystanders watched the plumes of smoke rise, which could be seen from across the East River.

New York’s Bravest brought the blaze under control about 40 minutes later and the Fire Marshals investigating the incident, the spokesman said.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Fire Marshals examine the gutted building.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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