Suspicious Fire Destroys Flatlands Home

By Todd Maisel/Bklyner

FLATLANDS – A suspicious all-hands fire destroyed a private home at 1257 East 52nd Street in Flatlands Wednesday, February 27, afternoon, fire officials said.

No injuries were reported, but damage to the home was extensive and it also caused some damage to the house connected to it.

By Todd Maisel/Bklyner

Fire officials say nobody was home at the time of the fire at 2:24 p.m. Firefighters found heavy smoke and fire inside the living room area of the house, being rented at the time.

The house was apparently being sold, according to a neighbor, and was under contract.  The fire was brought under control in 20 minutes, but by then, the fire had ripped through the roof and destroyed much of the second-floor interior.

By Todd Maisel/Bklyner

Fire marshals will be investigating the cause of the blaze.

Corrected to reflect that the address is not quite in Canarsie, but better describes as being part of Flatlands.  

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Todd Maisel

Todd Maisel

Todd Maisel is an award-winning photographer with more than 35-years, specializing in breaking news. He currently serves as vice president of the New York Press Photographers. He was honored by the National Press Photographers Association and the Uniform Firefighters Association for saving the life of a firefighter he found in debris after the collapse of the World Trade Center, assisting in the rescue of an injured photographer, and for extensive coverage of the attack. Maisel is a graduate of NYU School of Journalism.


  1. Todd, there is in no stretch of the imagination a reason to call this area Canarsie.

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