Blaze inside junk-filled Ebbets Field apartment injures eight

Look out below: Firefighters tossed debris from the balcony of the 12th-floor unit as New York’s Bravest worked to put out the blaze.
Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

An inferno that tore through a junk-filled apartment inside a Crown Heights housing complex on Wednesday injured eight people before firefighters stifled the flames.

More than 120 of New York’s Bravest rushed to battle the blaze that engulfed the 12th-floor unit in the Ebbets Field Apartments, which contained bric-a-brac stacked from floor to ceiling, according to our on-scene photographer Paul Martinka, who said firefighters threw debris from the smoldering apartment’s balcony as they fought back the flames.

The heroes spent nearly two hours extinguishing the fire at the Montgomery Street complex near Bedford Avenue after being called to the scene at 12:06 pm, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Paramedics rushed five complex residents to area hospitals for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries following the blaze, according to the spokesman, who said three firefighters also sustained minor injuries.

Fire marshals are still investigating the cause of the inferno, the spokesman said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 1:00 pm, December 27, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Hey there, Brooklyn Daily reader!

Yes, you’re in the right place — Brooklyn Paper is the new online home of

So bookmark this page, and remember check it throughout the day for the latest stories from your neighborhood — and across this great borough of ours.