Firefighters battled a stubborn four-alarm fire on Tuesday evening in a multi-story catering hall in Brooklyn.
At 7:06 p.m. on May 2, FDNY received a call for an odor of smoke at Paradise Manor, Oneg Caterers at 5802 New Utrecht Ave. in Borough Park. FDNY deployed just over 200 members to the scene, where they encountered heavy fire throughout the building that was extending to neighboring buildings.
Residents say that the building was used often for weddings and bar mitzvahs. FDNY personnel used six hose lines to knock down the fire, with firefighters describing the building as maze-like inside. The fire was so intense that Fire Department personnel cut three large ventilation holes into the roof of the buildings to ventilate and alleviate the smoke and fire conditions for units operating inside the building.
The fire was placed under control at 9:59 p.m. Searches throughout the building yielded negative results, and no injuries were reported as a result.
The Department of Buildings was called to check the building’s structural stability.