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Massive 5-Alarm Fire Tests Brooklyn's Bravest

Massive 5-Alarm Fire Tests Brooklyn's Bravest

Brooklyn cabinet factory fire didn’t go down without a fight Friday. AP

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

July 03, 2010

BROOKLYN – A massive five-alarm Brooklyn factory fire, spewing smoke that could been seen for miles, was still burning more than 24 hours after it started.

About 200 firefighters fought the flames that first engulfed the Rosewood Inc. kitchen cabinet factory in Bushwick at 6 p.m. Thursday, fire officials said.

Dark smoke poured from the Evergreen Ave. warehouse overnight, and intense flames caused the rear of the building to collapse a few hours into the inferno.

“We were fighting the fire through an exterior attack, so luckily no one was inside at the time,” said FDNY Battalion Chief Brian Foley. “It’s a mess.”

Though much of the fire was extinguished by yesterday morning, pockets of stubborn flames continued to burn late in the day – and dozens of families who live nearby were evacuated.

“I came out and saw it [Thursday] night around 8 p.m., and it was pretty bad,” said Arthur Jenkins, 47, an antiques salesman who lives on the next block.

“I went to bed, and came out again this morning and – wow, they’re still fighting it!”

Two firefighters were hurt.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and marshals could not immediately say if it was intentionally set.


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