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Fire breaks out on 51st Avenue this morning, nine injured

Source: Patrick W Smith

10-39 51st Avenue (Source: Patrick W Smith)

July 30, 2014 By Christian Murray

Five firefighters and two residents were injured this morning after a fire broke out in the basement of a 3-story building on 51st Avenue, according to the FDNY.

The fire, which started at about 6:40 am, spread to the first floor at 10-39 51st Avenue and smoke was seen billowing out of the top of the building, according to the FDNY.

Twenty-five fire units, accompanied by 106 firefighters, responded to the two-alarm fire and brought it under control at 7:26 am, the FDNY said.

Three firefighters and two residents suffered minor injuries. Two firefighters suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries. They were all taken to area hospitals. There were not fatalities.

The American Red Cross was on the scene. It was working with about a dozen residents outside the building—many draped in Red Cross blankets– on finding alternative accommodation.

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CS

The news said that an appliance in the basement was the start of the fire. It also said that there were no smoke detectors in the building.

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Anonymous

RL, you think someone would start a fire when a bunch of people are inside sleeping? If the owner wanted money, he’d just sell the place without committing murder.

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RL

What was the cause of the fire? Someone trying to make an insurance claim on an old property in an up-and-coming area?

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Waka

Gillmoli.. really? it was “insane”? I was there as well this morning, and it was just a fire with a few firetrucks, I believe they are about a hundred per week in NYC. You should get out of your basement more often. cheers. I hope you recover from this traumatic episode. Lol

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Carrie

I live near here and have always been fascinated by this hidden gem of a block. I wondered what the action was about this morning. I’m glad no one was seriously hurt.

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Gillmoli

This was just insane. I live on Jackson right around the corner and was out walking the dog…I’m just glad that no one died and that everyone will be ok. Scary stuff.

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