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Five injured in blaze on top floor of Brooklyn housing project building

Five injured in blaze on top floor of Brooklyn housing project building 

By Graham Rayan New York Daily News

A raging fire in a Brooklyn housing project injured five people early Wednesday, officials said.

The blaze broke out on the top floor of the 13-story building in the Howard Houses on Mother Gaston Blvd. near E. New York Ave. in Brownsville about 8:40 a.m., officials said.

FDNY officials could not immediately say how badly hurt the victims were.

Home health aide Stacey Atwater said a man suffering from smoke inhalation stumbled from the 13th floor down to the 12th and collapsed in front of the door to the apartment where she cares for an 88-year-old woman.

“It’s pretty bad,” she told the Daily News. “He was laying in front of the doorway and they took him to the hospital. It smells of smoke real bad.”

Atwater said firefighters told her the blaze may have been caused by a pot left on a stove.

As water sprayed by firefighters and smoke poured down from the 13th floor, firefighters told Atwater to stay in the apartment and open the windows, she said.

“It’s pretty crazy, but you still gotta come here and work,” she said.

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