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Firefighters battle second fire in a year at vacant Brighton Beach home

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Firefighters battled an all-hands blaze at a Brighton Beach home on Jan. 9.
Lloyd Mitchell

Firefighters responded to an all-hands blaze at a vacant Brighton Beach home that was the scene of a two-alarm fire last May on Monday afternoon.

According to the New York City Fire Department, firefighters received reports of a fire at 25 Brighton 5th Lane just after 1:30pm. Engine Company 246 and Ladder Company 169 were the first to arrive on the scene, and found heavy fire throughout the under-construction home. 

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Firefighters battled a fire in a vacant house at 2940 Brighton 5th Street on Monday, January 9. Lloyd Mitchell

Overall, 60 firefighters from 12 were dispatched to battle the blaze. No injuries have been reported as of Monday evening, according to an FDNY representative.

Boarded-up windows temporarily halted firefighting operations when fallen electrical wires exploded in the rare of the building, sending smoke and fire into the attic space of the home. Con Edison and the Department of Buildings were called to the scene to help mitigate the issue.

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The home was empty at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Lloyd Mitchell.

Firefighters mounted an aggressive interior attack, utilizing three hose-lines to knock down the main body of the fire, and the flames were brought under control by 3:35pm, according to a department rep. 

Last spring, a two-alarm fire at the same address took the life of one man, who was trapped in the basement when help arrived. More than 100 firefighters were needed to bring that fire under control — and, by the time they were able to reach the man, he had lost consciousness, and was later pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital. 

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FDNY put out a fire at the same location last spring, though that blaze claimed the life of one resident. Lloyd Mitchell

According to a DOB spokesperson, their inspectors observed severe fire damage throughout, including charred ceiling joists, charred roof rafters and extensive damage to the roof, which is now sagging. The building was already under a full vacate order issued by the agency. 

DOB has ordered the building to be bordered up while their engineers discuss the status of the building and as FDNY Fire Marshal’s Office investigates the cause of the Jan. 9 fire.

This story has been updated as of Jan. 10 at 10:16 a.m. to allow comment from the Department of Buildings. 

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