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Fire fighting in the cold: Firefighters struggled for an hour to smother a blaze at a Brooklyn Avenue home Friday morning, in tempartures that plummeted to a frigid 9-degrees.
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An early morning fire in Flatlands claimed a three-story, Victorian-era home on Brooklyn Avenue Friday, but spared the lives of its inhabitants, who escaped with only minor injuries.

Firefighters were called in to battle the inferno between Avenue I and J at 7:22 am, and when they reached the scene they quickly upgraded the blaze to a second-alarm fire, according to an FDNY spokesman.

Before it was all over, 106 of New York’s Bravest attacked the fire for an hour amidst the frigid air of the polar vortex, which returned to Kings County for round two, after first striking the city a few days into the New Year.

The bitter temperature, which sank to an icy 9 degrees, made the job harder on the firefighters, but didn’t cause any significant problems with the equipment, according to a spokesman.

“As far as cold, the most we get is some icicles on the rig, or problems with the hose lines freezing up,” said an FDNY spokesman. “It makes the job a little more difficult, but we’re trained to prevent problems like those happening.”

The Victorian home was destroyed by the fire, but the folks inside managed to escape without harm, save for one man who suffered minor injuries that were treated at the scene, according to an FDNY spokesman.

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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