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Fire rips through Albany Avenue apartment building

Witnesses: Fire was caused by an 'act of god'

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Roll out: The blaze grew to a seven-alarm fire, with more than a hundred fire fighters and dozens of emergency medical technicians responding to combat the inferno.
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Bring the bucket: Firefighters used bucket ladders to move into position before smothering the fire with water.
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From above: Firefighters positioned on the roof of the six-story apartment look down as fire surges from a top-floor window.
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Three-hour battle: The seven-alarm, New York Avenue fire was brought under control shortly after 1:30 pm, roughly three and a half hours after it began.
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Escape: A man descends a fire escape to escape the towering inferno. Only two civilians were injured before the fire was brought under control.
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Breath of life: Forty-eight firefighters and two emergency medical technicians required medical treatment following their efforts to quench the inferno.

More than 50 firefighters, emergency personnel, and civilians were injured on Thursday morning as a seven-alarm inferno threatened to engulf a Flatbush apartment building.

The 10 am blaze — which witnesses say was started when a bolt of lightning from an approaching storm hit the building — quickly overwhelmed the top floors of the six-story New York Avenue structure between Hawthorne and Winthrop streets, FDNY officials said.

Seven fire units and over 100 of New York’s Bravest spent the next three and a half hours dousing the blaze.

An FDNY spokesman said that 48 firefighters, two emergency medical technicians, and two residents of the charred apartment building suffered smoke inhalation and other minor injuries.

Despite witness statements that the fire was sparked by a bolt of lightning during Thursday’s early morning storm, an FDNY spokesman said Friday that investigators were still trying to determine what caused the blaze.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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