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Fire in Brooklyn high-rise building injures 8

January 18, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight people have suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a blaze broke out on the 12th floor of a 22-story Brooklyn high-rise public housing apartment building.

A fire department spokesman says a fire in the Langston Hughes Apartments in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood broke out at about 4:20 p.m. Friday and was placed under control about an hour later.

The injured were taken to area hospitals.

Police say officers kicked open a 12th floor apartment building, heard a 57-year-old woman's screams, crawled on the floor to reach her and then carried her down the stairwell to safety.

NYCHA referred questions to the FDNY.

Earlier this month, a faulty electrical wire caused a blaze on the 20th floor of a 42-story Manhattan high-rise apartment building that killed a man and seriously injured his husband.



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