Fire Rages Through Brooklyn Apartment Building, Killing 2, Officials Say

Associated Press - December 29, 2015

by Associated Press

Officials say a fire that raged through one Brooklyn apartment building and spread to another killed two people.

It's not yet clear what sparked the blaze around 1:30 a.m. Monday in the Williamsburg area. It took about 200 firefighters and about three hours to get it under control.

Fire Department Deputy Assistant Chief Wayne Cartwright says the fire grew rapidly after starting on the first floor or basement of a three-story building on Richardson Street. One victim was found on the second floor.

Third-floor resident Theresa Vibberts told the Daily News she awoke to the sound of windows shattering. She says a neighbor banged on her door and urged her to escape, saying, "It's much worse than you think."

No further details were immediately available.

Two firefighters sustained minor injuries.