A building is on fire on Atlantic Avenue between Court Street and Clinton Streets, according to a tipster who sent in these photos. It looks like the blaze is coming from 172 or 174 Atlantic, a few doors down from the old sail makers’ building that houses an Urban Outfitters on the ground floor. The fire department is at the scene and battling the flames right now. Please let us know in the comments if you know more. Click through to the jump for another photo. (more…)
Police have arrested 43-year-old corrections officer Evette Rudolph on suspicion of setting a fire that injured 11 people at 375 Chauncey Street yesterday morning, The New York Post reported. Four victims are in critical condition. After smoke started pouring out of the building, Rudolph walked out calmly without notifying anyone the building was on fire, according to a witness. “That really caught my eye,” he said. The fire was set with gasoline in the hallway, which made escape difficult. Firefighters sawed bars off windows to get people out. The building houses six apartment and 22 residents, according to The New York Times. Rudolph’s boyfriend lived in the building but moved in December, said witnesses. Neighbors said two days earlier someone had tried into break into an apartment in the building where a pastor and his wife live, said the Post.
Some manholes at Washington and Myrtle exploded Tuesday morning, and then a fire spread to the nearby restaurant Five Spot, according to a tipster who sent in these photos. No one was hurt. Streets were closed to traffic. The back room at Five Spot got a “little charred,” he said. DNAinfo also covered the story, and said firefighters evacuated six buildings on Myrtle, including an animal clinic, because of the possibility of carbon monoxide. Marshals are looking into what caused the explosion and the fire, said the paper. (more…)
Ditmas Park Corner visited Engine 281 and Ladder 147 in honor of their 100th Anniversary, which they will celebrate tomorrow. The company, which was formed in 1914 to extinguish difficult fires at the large Victorian houses being built around Cortelyou Road, now serves Ditmas, Borough Park, Midwood, East Flatbush, Lefferts, Park Slope and Windsor Terrace. It received the moniker “Da Pride ‘A’ Flatbush” in the late ’70s, with the rise of abandoned buildings and crime in the area. DPC talks to the station members about driving the truck down narrow, congested Cortelyou Road, cooking and cleaning in the station, Liam Neeson, and what it’s like to work in the neighborhood… it’s a fun read! The Engine 281 and Ladder 147 Centennial Celebration will be held tomorrow, May 16, at 11 am outside the firehouse. The event is open to the public. FDNY Engine 281 & Ladder 147 Celebrate 100 Years Of Service in Flatbush [DPC] Photo via DPC
The fire that broke out at Pratt Institute early Friday morning badly damaged the 1887 landmarked building at 200 Willoughby Avenue and destroyed student artwork housed in the 42 upper floor studios used by seniors. According to a statement from the school, “the six-story building’s roof and its sixth floor were gutted. The fifth floor was badly damaged by the fire and there is water damage throughout the building.” One student who lost all of her work just before her interview at Yale University’s graduate school of art told the Times, “‘My studio’s gone, everything I’ve made at Pratt is gone,’ Ms. De Los Angeles said, sobbing as she stood outside the student union near the site of the fire. ‘I don’t even think I have a pencil.’” The chief of fire operations told the paper, “‘inside there’s quite a bit of destruction. It’s all wood inside and the roof did collapse on the left side of the building on the top floor. There’s a lot of damage up there, and we have a lot of water damage.’” The fire caused minor injuries to three firefighters and one unidentified person and the blaze is under investigation. Classes that would normally take place in the building are being scheduled elsewhere.
Just before 2:15 am last night a fire erupted on the top floor of 200 Willoughby Avenue on the Pratt Institute campus. The fire soon engulfed the building and raged for two hours before it was brought under control, a fire department spokesman told DNAinfo. A source told the New York Post that flammable materials in an art classroom increased the intensity of the blaze. Two fire fighters suffered minor injuries. According to the ABC News website, the fire damaged the building’s sixth floor and roof and smoke and water likely damaged the floors below. The building houses administrative offices on the lower floors and classrooms above and it was supposedly locked and empty when the fire broke out. The blaze has been deemed suspicious and is under investigation. You can view the ABC video of the fire here.
UPDATE: We received the following update from a Pratt spokesperson: The six-story building’s roof and its sixth floor were gutted. The fifth floor was badly damaged by the fire and there is water damage throughout the building. The historic Main Building, which was built in 1887, houses fine art classes and studios in addition to administrative offices. Classes have been cancelled in Main Building and the adjoining South Hall for today, Friday, February 15 and tomorrow, Saturday, February 16.
There are more than ten emergency vehicles with their lights flashing and two ladders up at 672 Decatur Street as we write this, but when we ran out to take a photo, we didn’t see any fire or smoke — yet. The three-story wood frame house is located between Thomas Boyland and Saratoga Avenue. Update: We count eight fire trucks and four ambulances, as well as other assorted responders, including vehicles marked “hazmat” and “major emergency response.”
A fire ripped through popular Williamsburg coffee house Oslo this afternoon, reports Gothamist. Firefighters took care of the blaze at 328 Bedford Avenue in about 45 minutes and no one was injured. Oslo employees are not sure how the fire started but the place has basically been gutted. As Gothamist points out, there is still another Oslo location in Williamsburg at 133 Roebling Street. Photos, Video: Oslo Burns! Williamsburg Coffee Shop “Gutted” By Fire [Gothamist] Photo by Lauren Koueiter via Gothamist
The entrance and exterior of a Clinton Hill church built in 1891 and being used as a homeless shelter and hub for Occupy Sandy relief efforts were charred in a suspicious fire that started just before 4 am Sunday, many news outlets reported. Cans of gas intended for emergency generators were used to start the fire. The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew is located at 520 Clinton Avenue. “Why do people do bad things?” the New York Daily News quoted Reverend Chris Ballard, the church’s curate, as saying. “We don’t know and our job is to try to work past that, try to find forgiveness. This is the season of it.” Sunday morning the choir sang outside the church, and services were held at a few blocks away at Brown Memorial Baptist Church. The church will hold Christmas Eve midnight mass tonight at 10 pm. Council Member Tish James sent out a press release stating that a reward of $1,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever set the fire. Fire Damages Brooklyn Church [NY Times] Historic Brooklyn Church Damaged in Early Morning Blaze [NY Daily News] Photo by Vic Nicastro for New York Daily News
On Friday a reader wrote in, “There was a huge fire on the fourth floor of 386 Prospect Place last night around 12:30 am. I was at Way Station when we saw the flames coming out of the top three windows.” As of this weekend, only windows on the top floor were boarded up, so the fire must have been pretty well contained. The rest of the building, luckily, still appears habitable. GMAP
A reader just sent in this photo of a fire on Court Street. We don’t have an exact address, but the fire appears to be coming from D’Amico Foods, in the opinion of our tipster. (D’Amico’s is at 309 Court Street between Degraw and Sackett.) When we lived in Carroll Gardens, that’s where we bought our coffee. Anyone have more info? Update: Pardon Me for Asking has confirmed the fire is at D’Amico’s and has lots of pictures.