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Brooklyn blaze claims man’s life; firefighter seriously injured by fallen glass

One person was killed during a fire at 874 Jefferson Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

A fast-moving Brooklyn fire killed a 52-year-old man and injured two others, including one firefighter, on Wednesday night, fire officials said.

The victim, not identified, suffered serious smoke inhalation and burns, and died at Kings County Medical Center. The firefighter was also treated at Kings County Hospital for serious injuries after being struck by falling glass.

Firefighters were called at 7:14 p.m. on April 8 to 874 Jefferson Ave., a three-story home in Bedford Stuyvesant, where they encountered heavy smoke and flames emanating from the rear of the second floor.

Firefighters pulled two civilians from the apartment; one was in cardiac arrest and immediately began CPR.

The two civilians were taken by EMS to the hospital, but the 52-year-old man did not survive. The other victim, an unidentified female, was in serious condition.

The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes by a total of 60 firefighters. The apartment was heavily damaged as was several others apartments above and below.

Most people were home at the time of the fire, sheltered in place during the COVID-19 outbreak, officials said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known and is under investigation by fire marshals.

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