Late-night blaze tears through vacant Cypress Hills home

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Over a hundred firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at 133 Weldon Street on Wednesday morning.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A late-night blaze tore through a decrepit Cypress Hills home on Wednesday, just blocks away from the scene of a deadly fire the day before.

The two-alarm fire broke out in a vacant wood-frame house at 133 Weldon St. just before 1:30 a.m. on May 10, according to the FDNY, and multiple neighbors quickly called 911 to report the spreading flames. 

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The fire broke out at around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday and quickly spread through the second floor and onto the roof. Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the fire raging on the second floor and roof of the home, which is in significant disrepair and has been known to house squatters, according to firefighters and Department of Buildings records. While neighbors gathered in the street to watch, members of the FDNY quickly searched the home and found it empty. 

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People watched as a firefighters battled the two-alarm blaze. Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Over 100 firefighters battled the blaze with three hose lines for more than an hour, and finally placed it under control at 2:41 a.m., according to the FDNY. No injuries were reported, and the DOB has been called in to investigate the stability of the scorched structure.

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The Department of Buildings has been called in to investigate the structural integrity of the vacant home. Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Just 24 hours earlier, a devastating fire on Fountain Avenue — about half a mile away from 133 Weldon St. — killed two people and severely injured four more.