1 dead, 1 critical in Brooklyn apartment building fire
BROOKLYN (WABC) -- One woman was killed and a second was critically injured in a spectacular third-alarm fire in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn Friday morning.
The blaze broke out in a second-floor apartment just before 6:15 a.m. and quickly burned through an apartment building on Lenox Road.
As fire shot through much of the second floor and the roof, firefighters rushed in and rescued residents, helping them down fire escapes.
"We had to bring people out from ladders, off the roof, from our buckets, off the fire escape," FDNY Deputy Chief Stephen Moro said. "We had to remove a lot of people."
Claudette Nicholas, a 70-year-old resident of the building, was killed. Two other women suffered smoke inhalation. They were listed in stable condition at the hospital.
Seven firefighters were injured, including one who fell through a floor.
None of their injuries were considered life threatening.
It took about 130 firefighters an hour to bring the fire under control.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Red Cross is assisting about 50 people who have been left out in the cold.
The building is run by the city Housing Authority.
fire, brooklyn, brownsville, deadly fire, local news
- LIRR train derails in East River tunnel
- AccuWeather Forecast: Spotty Storm
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- WATCH ABC is available to Channel 7 viewers
- Victim of attempted robbery falls out window
- Suspect shot and killed in Newark robbery attempt
- Teacher suspended after alleged sending threatening voicemail
- Passenger arrested after incident on Newark-bound flight
- LI 7-Eleven owners accused of human smuggling
- NYC plans composting program to recycle food scraps
- abcnews: Murnaghans Face Backlash After Sarah's Lung...
- Actor Jeff Garlin won't face vandalism charges in LA
- Photos: Hong Kong-Newark Plane disturbance
- Photos: Miss Connecticut crowned Miss USA
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed VideoMost Viewed Photos