Two rescued from New Year’s house fire in Cypress Hills

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Two people were rescued from a house fire in Cypress Hills on New Year’s Eve.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Two people were rescued from a Cypress Hills house fire on Dec. 31.

The blaze broke out inside an attached two-story residence at 507 Grant Ave. shortly before 5 p.m., according to the FDNY. Firefighters arriving on the scene found thick smoke and flames engulfing the home and were forced to break windows to gain entry to the building.

Two residents were found trapped inside — one in the basement and one on the first floor of the home. Both were safely rescued by firefighters and handed over to paramedics, who rushed them to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in critical but stable condition.

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Firefighters were forced to break windows to enter the home and subdue the flames. Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A team of more than 50 firefighters finally placed the fire under control at 6:20 p.m. The FDNY’s fire marshal will investigate the cause of the blaze. 

Per city records, the home was cited for an illegal basement unit in 2001. 

Brooklyn saw several dangerous fires on New Year’s Eve – two people, including an infant, were rescued from a fire at NYCHA’s Cooper Park Houses earlier in the day, while a fire in East New York — which seemed to have been caused by fireworks — displaced at least 80 people and injured seven.