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Fires in the night, in Brooklyn

by: ERIC NORBERG - By daylight on Sunday, July 7, fire crews had departed the scene of this Brooklyn house fire, and a firm was already boarding up the windows and doors.Continuing the surprising recent rash of Inner Southeast house fires, a house in the Brooklyn neighborhood caught fire just before 2 am on Sunday, July 7, and was fully involved on the first floor by the time firefighters from Westmoreland’s Station 20 pulled up a few minutes later.

Due to the amount of fire involvement, the fire crew was forced to fight the fire from outside, initially – and once the firefighters got inside, they found the flames had already extended to the basement and the second floor of the house at 3776 S.E. 8th Avenue, just east of McLoughlin Boulevard. While fighting the fire, crews made sure there were no occupants remaining in the home.

The blaze was declared under control at 2:43 am, but crews remained on the scene to mop up for some considerable time after that – and a fire investigator arrived to try to determine the cause, and to make a damage estimate. After daylight, a “boarding up” firm was hard at work covering the windows and doors with wood panels for security. The following morning at 5:44 am, yet another Brooklyn-area residential fire was reported, at 4205 S.E. 26th Avenue. This fire appeared to have started in the attic of a two-story home. When crews arrived they found smoke issuing from roof vents, and immediately sent teams in with hose lines and entry tools.

Once inside the home crews cut into ceilings and walls to expose a fire that had, according to fire officials, most likely originated from an electrical issue. The quick discovery and extinguishment allowed firefighters to contain this fire to the attic. One resident and two dogs were displaced until repairs could be made. No injuries were reported.