Five firefighters injured in four-alarm Greenpoint blaze

Inferno: Five firefighters suffered minor injures while battling a blaze for hours at a Monitor Street building in Greenpoint early Thursday morning.
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New York’s Bravest engaged in an hours-long struggle to quell an inferno that gutted a Greenpoint industrial building early Thursday morning.

Two-hundred firefighters battled the four-alarm fire that erupted inside the two-story restaurant supply warehouse on Monitor Street near Norman Avenue around 12:20 a.m., and emergency officials had yet to sound the all clear as of 11:23 a.m., according to a spokesman for the Fire Department.

Firefighters initially attacked the fire from inside the building, where they struggled to lead hoses through the warehouse, before the fire forced them outside, and they continued the fight from atop ladders on their trucks, according to a high-ranking firefighter.

Firefighters continue to sift through the wreckage to ensure the fire has been completely smothered, after which fire marshals will begin their investigation into the cause of the blaze, according to the spokesman.

Five smoke eaters suffered minor injuries throughout the night, and were brought to Wyckoff Hospital for treatment, the spokesman added.

Aerial footage from the department shows firefighters tackling the blaze from the front and the rear of the building as smoke billows to the night’s sky.

The burning fumes spread across the northern Brooklyn nabe, and one person reportedly smelled the fire from more than half a mile away.

“I can smell it all the way by the Pulaski Bridge,” Kim Masson said on Twitter.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
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