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.
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.
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.