Woman in critical condition after East New York fire: FDNY

woman on stretcher after East New Yor fire
A woman has hospitalized in critical condition after a fire in East New York.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A woman is in critical condition after an all-hands fire in East New York on Friday morning.

Firefighters were called to 459 Atkins Ave. at 11:30 a.m., according to the FDNY, and were met with thick smoke emanating from the second floor of the two-story brick apartment building. At least 50 firefighters from 12 units battled the blaze, which blew out the front windows of the apartment. 

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A fire marshal sifted through debris inside the apartment after the fire. Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Members quickly rescued a woman trapped in the building, and paramedics rushed her to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in critical condition. 

The fire was brought under control at 12:30 p.m., per the FDNY. A fire marshal was on the scene picking through rubble once the flames were extinguished, and the fire marshal’s office will investigate the cause of the fire – which is not yet known.

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Firefighters threw debris out of the second floor window during the blaze. Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Per city records, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development had ordered the owner of the building to fix or replace a broken self-closing door — which is required for fire safety – on the second floor of the building back in 2021.