Two Firefighters Hurt Battling Brooklyn Restaurant Blaze

NY Daily News - November 28, 2019

by ESHA RAY

Two firefighters were hurt Wednesday morning battling a blaze that destroyed a popular Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant.

Both smoke-eaters were taken to Kings County Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

They were hurt battling a blaze that started about 4:25 a.m. at Fisherman’s Cove, a Jamaican eatery on Eastern Parkway near Utica Ave. in Crown Heights. The cause has not yet been determined but investigators believe it may have been sparked by an electrical problem, sources said.

“I have no idea what happened," said the owner, who identified himself only as Kirk. “It’s like I’m numb. The day before Thanksgiving... Where do we go from here? It was a very popular place. It‘s a hole in the wall but most of the time there were customers lining up out the door.”

The restaurant was not open when the fire started and no civilians were hurt.

The blaze, with 60 firefighters on scene, was brought under control at 5:53 a.m. after spreading to a neighboring jewelry store and dentist’s office.

Hannah Gilliam, 59, who lives down the block and came outside when she heard fire trucks, described a “really big fire.”

“I saw the fire starting from the grill and then it went to the jewelry shop and then it went to the corner right there," she said. "The dentist office got all burnt. It was blazing up a lot. I could smell the smoke too, black smoke and fire. I could smell it from all the way down the block.”