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7 Hurt, Subway Service Disrupted After Brooklyn Blaze: FDNY

7 Hurt, Subway Service Disrupted After Brooklyn Blaze: FDNY
NBCnewyork.com

Seven people were injured in a four-alarm fire at a Brooklyn apartment building that has also disrupted service on a nearby subway line, fire officials say.

The blaze broke out on the first floor of the three-story building on Hendrix and Fulton streets in Cypress Hills at about 1 a.m. Friday, according to the FDNY.

Th
e building, which is adjacent to the J line's elevated tracks, was heavily damaged by the flames. The blaze spread through all three floors and caused the roof to collapse.

More than 150 firefighters were called to the scene and were able to contain the spread of the blaze but have set up a perimeter in case more of the structure collapses.

Fire
officials say 14 people were able to escape the building and that a firefighter was briefly trapped on the building's roof while fighting the blaze. The firefighter was able to get down using a fire escape but was taken to the hospital with injuries.


The firefighter and the other six people were hurt were taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Weill Cornell campus. All seven victims are expected to survive.

Subway
service on the J line is suspended between the Crescent Street and Broadway Junction stations while crews work to bring the fire under control. Shuttle buses are ferrying commuters between the stops, but it was not clear when service will resume.


The Red Cross responded to the building and helped residents who were displaced by the blaze.

The Cypr
ess Hills fire came hours before another blaze killed one person and injured five others in Coney Island.


The cause of the blaze isn't immediately known.

Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Fire-East-New-York-Cypress-Hills-Brooklyn-J-Line-Injuries-285593731.html