Firefighter Hurt in Huge B'klyn Blaze

NY Post - June 05, 2011

by PHIL HELSEL

Look out below! A firefighter was hit with a brick and suffered a broken cheekbone when a wall collapsed during a four-alarm fire in Brooklyn this morning, fire officials said.

Seven firefighters were also sent to the hospital with minor injuries and an elderly neighbor was treated for smoke inhalation in the massive fire which broke out at Washington Avenue and St. Johns Place in Prospect Heights at 4:20 a.m.

It took 200 firefighters three hours to bring the fire under control after it raced through the vacant, under-construction building and swelled to four alarms, the FDNY said. All the injured were taken to Kings County Hospital and have since been released.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the building it expected to be a total loss.