65 firefighters brought a fire at 465 Ocean Avenue (between Caton Avenue and Saint Pauls Court) under control at 7:03am, says the FDNY. The blaze, which was called in at 6:25am on Tuesday, spread through the apartment building’s 4th and 5th floors.
The FDNY says four injuries were reported, with three victims refusing medical attention again EMS advice. One victim was transported to Maimonides Hospital in stable condition.
Dozens of people were standing across the street from the building when we stopped by this morning, including a young boy wrapped in a blanket who said he was woken up this morning by a neighbor banging at the door. He said his family was okay, but his apartment was not.
Several apartments were visibly charred, with glass blown out of some windows.
“They’d better have a place for them to go,” said a woman we spoke to whose daughter lives across the street from 465 Ocean. “They can’t go back in there.”
She said neighbors were collecting blankets and coats for those put out by the fire.
Another woman brought a large pot of tea over to families standing in front of 465. The Red Cross arrived several minutes later, and emergency vehicles began to leave the scene.
We are glad to hear so few injuries were reported, and our thoughts are with our neighbors in the building. If you know of a way to help those affected, please don’t hesitate to share it.