1 Person Dead, Another Unaccounted For In Massive Fire In Brooklyn

CBS 2 - December 28, 2015

by CBS News

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One person is dead and another is still unaccounted for in a massive overnight fire in Brooklyn.

The blaze broke out around 1:30 a.m. Monday in a three-story building at Richardson and Lorimer streets. Video from the scene showed large flames pouring out of the windows.

Some residents who live nearby described hearing a large bang just before the building became engulfed, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.

“I just heard a massive explosion,” one woman said. “It sounded like a bomb went off or something — massive flames coming out of the building and then the fire trucks.”

Fire officials said it took 200 firefighters more than three hours to get the blaze under control.

One person was found dead in a second floor bedroom. Crews have been searching the scene trying to find a second person believed to have been trapped inside.

One firefighter was also hurt and at least 10 people have been displaced.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.