Massive fire burning in large warehouse complex

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

A fifth-alarm fire burned through a vacant warehouse complex in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, sending a heavy plume of smoke that could be seen for miles.

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The spectacular flames broke out in a large vacant warehouse on West Street, at the intersection of Nobel Street along the East River, just after 5:30 a.m. The fire quickly consumed the sprawling, approximately 200x600, three-story warehouse on the property of the old Greenpoint Terminal Market.

Flames then spread to two adjacent buildings, both vacant, in the complex. Heavy flames were visible from the nearby buildings.

Fire officials say no injuries were immediately reported. The building was unoccupied but it was not clear if there had been any squatters living in the structure.

At least 200 firefighters, 50 units and water boats were battling the flames.

The Greenpoint Terminal Market, established in 1890, was at one time the second largest industrial employer in Brooklyn. The dilapidated building complex now serves as a set for film productions. It has been slated as the potential future site of a park.

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