8 Court Officers, 5 Firefighters Injured in Brooklyn Court Fire

NY Daily News - May 11, 2017

by CHRISTINA CARREGA GRAHAM RAYMAN REUVEN BLAU

A fire in Brooklyn Criminal Court injured eight state court officers and five firefighters and forced an early recess Wednesday afternoon.

The 4:04 p.m. blaze on the sixth floor generated heavy smoke that led to the evacuation of the 10-story building in downtown Brooklyn.

"There was a lot of smoke in the hallway," said one court staffer who declined to give his name. "We had to get out quick.

"No clue what caused the fire," he added.

A court officer in the area said emergency responders were forced to kick out the windows of a courtroom to air it out.

"Everyone is out and accounted for," the court officer added.

That includes the inmates on the 9th floor and in holding cells on the first floor and basement. They were taken back to city jails.

"There's a procedure for their evacuation and since the entire building was evacuated we followed the procedure," a court official said.

Earlier, one court officer was brought out on a gurney with an oxygen mask on his face.

The Fire Department said seven court officers and four firefighters were treated for minor injuries, while one court officer and one firefighter suffered moderate injuries.

The FDNY was still investigating the fire’s cause as of late Thursday night.

WITH JOHN ANNESE