The FDNY is working to extinguish a four-alarm blaze that broke out in a building storing lumber in Williamsburg.
At 10:51 a.m. on Feb. 21, FDNY personnel responded to a call regarding a fire at a one-story commercial building that stored lumber at 304 Hewes Street. The building is connected to a three-story commercial building, which the FDNY prevented the fire from spreading to.
The FDNY deployed 40 units with over 200 members of fire personnel to the scene, where they are working to get the fire under control at the time of publication. So far, five firefighters have been reported to have minor injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The FDNY is operating a 4th alarm assignment w/ 200 Fire and EMS personnel at 304 Hewes St in Bklyn. Fire started in one-story lumber storage building next to three-story commercial building. There are 5 FFs with minor injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. pic.twitter.com/gd2rGENKDn
— FDNY (@FDNY) February 21, 2023
“We’re operating at a fourth alarm assignment, which is over 200 Fire and EMS personnel. The building on fire is a one-story lumber storage building, which is interconnected with a three-story commercial building. The fire started in the one-story building. There was a heavy fire condition, which was extending into the three-story building,” said Chief of Department John Hodgens in a statement on Instagram. “We were able to quickly get hand lines and hose lines into position and stop the fire from spreading into the three-story building. There’s a lot of stock within these buildings, and that’s what’s taking so long to extinguish the fire, a heavy load of combustibles.”
Updated at 4:27 p.m. on Feb. 21, 2023. This is a developing story. Check back for more details.