Dramatic video shows a section of a burning apartment building in Brooklyn tumbling onto firefighters, injuring one critically, as they poured water on the inferno.
Four firefighters were injured in the conflagration, which began about 12:30 a.m. Monday at 667 Jefferson Ave., a three-story brownstone where flames shot out of the second and third floors, officials said.
About 140 FDNY personnel in 33 firetrucks responded, an FDNY spokesman said. Several of the smoke-eaters converged on the building’s staircase as the flames grew larger when a large piece of the roof collapsed onto them.
Of the four injured firefighters, three were transported to Kings County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.
The three-alarm fire in Bed-Stuy enveloped all three floors and the cock-loft of the brownstone before spreading to adjacent buildings. The flames were brought under control about 3 a.m. Monday.
Next-door neighbor Jamal Stevenson, 59, said he woke up and went outside to see “the whole house was engulfed in flames.”
“The flames were coming out of the roof as well and if you were standing right by the trees … you felt the intensity of the flames from the house,” Stevenson said. “Heavy thick smoke – definitely choking – bellowing out of the roof.”
Ten residents were displaced but no civilians were hurt in the fire, which remains under investigation.
Additional reporting by Stephanie Pagones