Two-alarm fire rips through Brooklyn home and injures six people

A firefighter works to evacuate the attic during a two-alarm fire at 1962 85 Street.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A two-alarm blaze tore through a Bensonhurst home on Monday morning, sending at least one firefighter to the hospital.

The fire erupted on the first floor of 1962 85th St. between at 19th and 20th avenues at 8:52 am before spreading to the second floor, sending a plume of smoke out the third-story windows. 

Six firefighters suffered minor injuries during a fire at a 85th Street building.

A total of 60 firefighters and first responders rushed to the scene, where the firefighters battled the inferno for more than an hour before getting it under control at around 10:25 a.m., a Fire Department spokesman said.

More than six residents rushed out of the multi-family dwelling and were not injured. Six firefighters sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to the FDNY spokesman. At least one was sent to a local hospital for their injuries.

A firefighter is covered in soot after the 85th Street fire.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The cause of the fire is under investigation, the FDNY spokesman said. 

The blaze came less than an hour after a large fire overtook the compactor chute of a public housing complex in Fort Greene’s Ingersoll Houses. The fire did not spread outside the chute, though it emitted black cloud of smoke whose odor spread as far as Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights, locals reported. 

The inferno sent plumes of spoke out the third-floor windows.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

This story first appeared on our sister publication brooklynpaper.com.