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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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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.


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.


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


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


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.


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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