Two people were left in critical condition after an all-hands fire in Brownsville on Sunday night.
The blaze broke out on the second floor of 576 Junius St., toward the rear of the building, at about 8 p.m. Multiple units and 65 total firefighters responded to the scene.
Firefighters from Tower Ladder 120 crawled through heavy smoke and fire to find two unconscious victims on the second story of the building. Emergency responders rushed one victim to One Brooklyn Health-Brookdale and the second to Nassau University Medical Center, where they were both listed in critical condition.
The FDNY used two hose-lines to extinguish the main fire, and placed it under control at 8:30 p.m, with the fire being so intense that the Department of Buildings was consulted to check the structural integrity of the building.
The building has not received any violations or complaints to the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development in the past two years, per city records.
The FDNY’s Fire Marshal Office is still investigating the cause of the fire, but one neighbor told Brooklyn Paper “The elderly gentleman likes to smoke,” referring to her neighbor, and wondered if that may have caused the blaze.