1 Dead, 100 Homeless in Brooklyn Blaze

Fire rips through building with 70 apartments
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2011 8:16 AM CST
Firefighters stand on the fire escape as winds whip the flames from a five-alarm fire in the Brooklyn borough of New York late Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011.   (AP Photo/Paul Martinka)

(Newser) – A five-alarm fire ripped through a Brooklyn apartment building last night, leaving one resident dead, 100 homeless, and injuring more than 20 firefighters as some 200 of them battled the blaze in high winds, reports the New York Post. The fire broke out just before 7pm, but wasn't brought under control until early this morning. The building had about 70 apartments. One man said he helped a neighbor and his toddler escape through a window: "The guy came through the window . . . he had nothing. I gave him shoes, a coat, and a sweater."

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