East Flatbush

One dead, several injured after early morning fire in East Flatbush

December 2, 2019 Meaghan McGoldrick
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One person is dead and at least seven others are injured after a fire broke out inside a three-story East Flatbush building Monday morning.

According to police, the two-alarm blaze broke out around 4 a.m. on the top floor of 1776 Nostrand Ave., between Clarendon Road and Avenue D. The building has two floors of apartment units and a driving school on the ground floor.

One man has died, according to police. Seven others were taken to hospitals, an FDNY spokesperson said. Five of those victims suffered minor injuries, while two sustained serious injuries, one of which has been declared life-threatening.

Footage obtained from the Citizen app shows smoke pouring out onto the sidewalk and firefighters working to gain access to the home.




One of those injured is a police officer, according to News 12.

News 12 also reported that the man who died succumbed to injuries sustained after jumping from the building to escape the flames. The rest of the victims were able to exit through the back of the building.

The Eagle could not confirm those reports.

The Red Cross has provided both housing and financial assistance to three families so far, according to a spokesperson for the organization, including 11 adults and three children.

The fire was deemed under control more than an hour after it started, at about 5:16 a.m. There were more than 100 firefighters on scene, according to the FDNY. The cause is still under investigation.

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