FDNY Battles Five-Alarm Bed-Stuy Fire

NY 1 - January 31, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - A large commercial fire in Brooklyn that broke out early Thursday is under control after a heavy response during one of the coldest nights so far this year.

The FDNY says the call came in around 3:45 a.m. at a one-story commercial building located at 376 Vernon Avenue.

It broke out around 4 a.m. and burned for several hours as firefighters dealt with the bitter cold temperatures.

The fire burned through a commercial building in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Vernon Avenue.

Officials believe it was some sort of import warehouse.

The FDNY says they tried to tackle it from inside until it got too dangerous, forcing them to brave the frigid temperatures.

"They tried to attack the fire from the interior of the building. They building was filled with a lot of stock. It seems to be some kind of import, export business. They continued to operate until the conditions got too dangerous and we had to remove the firefighters from the building for safety reasons and we went to what we consider an exterior attack on the fire," said FDNY Acting Chief of Department John Sudnick.

No injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.