Smoke eaters dine on Flatlands blaze

Smoke eater dines out: A firefighter wades through heavy smoke as he battles a blaze inside an E. 49th Street building on Monday night.

Firefighters battled a smoky blaze on E. 49th Street and Avenue J in Flatlands on Tuesday night — a fire FDNY sources said began when someone lit up a mattress.

Smoke eaters raced to the scene at 10:15 pm. It took about 45 minutes to evacuate the home and bring the fire, which investigators labeled suspicious, under control.

No injuries were reported, explained fire officials, who said that the blaze started on a mattress in the attic.

— Thomas Tracy

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