Two-alarm fire destroys Brooklyn grocery store and injures two people

Firefighters fire at two alarm fire at 99 Schentady Avenue on Tuesday, March 31th.
Firefighters fight a two alarm fire at 99 Schentady Avenue on Tuesday. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

A two-alarm fire swept through a Brooklyn bodega this morning, resulting in two minor injuries, fire officials said.

The two injured were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by Emergency Medical Services, but declined to go to the hospital, fire officials said.

The fire broke out shortly before noon at the JS Deli Grocery, located at 99 Schenectady Avenue at the corner of Bergen Street in Bedford Stuyvesant. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire in the rear of the two-story building, bringing in 60 firefighters to battle the smoky blaze.

Witnesses said workers were in the bodega when the fire broke out, apparently in a rear storage area of the wood frame building. A manager of the bodega was said to have call 911 when he noticed smoke in the rear of the store. Residents of three apartments above were quickly evacuated as firefighters fought the flames.

The fire was brought under control by 1:40 p.m., but by then the store and apartments above were heavily damaged, leaving several people homeless and a much-needed food store closed by the severe damage.

“I am glad it did not spread, it is terrifying, I am really thankful for the FDNY,” said Sarah Dawd, a nurse at a local hospital who lives nearby. “They are the true heroes, they did a great job putting it out.”

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

– Contributions by Lloyd Mitchell

Smoke was pouring out of the JS Deli Grocery this afternoon. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)
Firefighters fire at two-alarm fire in the rear of the grocery. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)