Fire at Historic Bed-Stuy House

A year-and-a-half ago, Montrose wrote a piece about the history of the property at 804 Jefferson Avenue, in Bedford Stuyvesant, a Second Empire mansion known for gatherings of high society in the late 19th century, and the article included this prescient sentence: “Neighbors tell me they hope something good happens to the building soon, as it is now a blight on their block, and they are afraid of fire.” Yesterday, in the late afternoon, it did indeed catch on fire, as noted by @bedstuynews. The FDNY’s response to the blaze was caught in the video above by Hillel Engel For Flatbush Scoop. The footage makes it look like the fire was mostly concentrated in the house next door to 804 Jefferson, but there’s also footage of firemen hosing down 804′s roof. The houses were said to be abandoned, and we have not heard reports of injuries.
Walkabout: The House at 804 Jefferson Ave. [Brownstoner] GMAP
Video by Hillel Engel For Flatbush Scoop

8 Comment

  • catboot

    I saw this on my way home yesterday. Tons of emergency vehicles were on the scene spilling over into the adjacent streets. Hope no one was hurt.

  • cp

    omg, i love this house. :(

    btw a little boy who lives on that street told me that it was haunted, but he’s not allowed to name the ghost. cute.

  • cp

    omg, i love this house. :(

    btw a little boy who lives on that street told me that it was haunted, but he’s not allowed to name the ghost. cute.

  • I really hope the house was not further damaged, although it’s probably unrealistic to hope so. The fire department, which tragically lost a fireman yesterday in Bushwick, is not going to risk life and limb for an abandoned house. The DOB is not going to be thinking about history, past owners, or potential use, either.

    This is yet another case of a building that could be saved, but will most likely be lost to demolition by neglect. In a city that desperately needs housing, with a population that includes those would give anything to own something, we can’t seem to come together to get these abandoned buildings rehabbed and back on the tax roles. It’s a crying shame.

    I hope no one was hurt, as well.

  • dnk

    Yesterday afternoon on my way home from work I biked by there. Both buildings look completely destroyed — they are just shells. 804 Jeffferson has a big circled “X” spraypainted on it….

    So sad.