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Locals raise thousands after 16 people injured in Sunset Park fire

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Victims were rescued by firefighters from Ladder Company 114.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Brooklynites have come together to raise thousands of dollars for the 16 victims of a devastating fire in Sunset Park. 

The inferno broke out at 535 46th St. on Oct. 1 at around 11:30 pm, sending around 60 firefighters to the scene, where they rushed to the second floor of the building and pulled six people to safety, including a four-year-old child. 

Some of the victims were unconscious, and FDNY personel performed CPR to revive them.

“The firefighters ran with the [victims] in the streets to paramedics and police officers at the 72nd Precinct. They were covered in soot. I was trying to calm the dad down,” said neighbor Mike Nieves.

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Firefighters from Ladder Company 114 crawled past heavy fire to rescue the victims.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A total of 16 people sustained injuries in the blaze, including four people whose wounds were considered life-threatening. Paramedics rushed the victims to Maimonides Children’s Hospital for treatment of their injuries. 

Now, locals have opened their wallets to raise over $6,700 dollars for the victims — and more money continues to pour into their GoFundMe campaign

“Three families are now without a home,” reads the campaign, which was organized by Drel Dez. “They’re beautiful people, with lovely kids, that now need our community to rally for them.”

The charitable organizers set a $10,000 goal for the effort, and have so far solicited donations from 72 individuals. 

“Funds will go directly to the families and pay for temporary housing, clothes, food, medical bills, and other miscellaneous expenses,” the website reads. 

The official cause of the fire is under investigation by the FDNY Fire Marshals.

A version of this story first appeared on amNewYork.

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