6 Alarm Fire Rages on Williamsburg Waterfront! [UPDATE]

Photo credit: Jeff Orlick via Twitter

Update: The CitiStorage fire has reached 7 Alarms. Over 240 firefighters are at the scene battling the blaze. No injuries have been reported. 

Due to hazardous conditions near the fire, the B32 has been rerouted to Berry Street starting at Metropolitan Avenue. The bus will resume its regular route at N.14th Street. 

This just in: CitiStorage, the huge blue and white warehouse on the corner of Kent Avenue and North 11th Street, is engulfed in a massive fire!!!

The Fire Department responded to the 6:28 am call that the large record storage facility was on fire. It didn’t take long for the flames to take over and now the Fire Department is trying to contain the fire from spreading to CitiStorage’s next door neighbor–Bayside Oil. For those of you walking or biking along Kent Ave, surely you’ve seen Bayside’s massive oil tankers. If any flames hit there we’re looking at a MAJOR disaster. Make no mistake, this is a serious situation as pictures prove.

Photo credit: CooperNaitove

At 12:23pm the FDNY raised the CitiStorage fire to 6 alarms. This means 4 more trucks and 2 more ladders were added to the scene. The total count now stands at 24 engine trucks and 13 ladder trucks battling the flames. Photos show the fire being battled by at least 1 boat on the East River.

Photo credit: Slade Sohmer via twitter

 

Fire captured from above while flying into LaGuardia Airport. Photo credit: Gary Hy via Twitter

 

High winds and Artic temperatures are making life difficult for fire fighters. Water pumps keep freezing making spraying less effective.

Frozen Fireman. Photo credit: Taylor J. Wofford via twitter
Frozen pump. Photo credit: FDNY

 

For those of you who may not remember, this isn’t the first time our waterfront has been hit with a major fire.  In 2006, Greenpoint’s waterfront was walloped with a suspicious 10 alarm fire. One lone homeless man was found guilty of arson, but many residents suspected foul play from the building’s owner–who had two other properties go up in flames in a similar manner.

Greenpoint Terminal Market in 2006

Isn’t ironic the destroyed property was headed for landmark status and is now home to the shiny new Brooklyn Expo? Add 30 stories more and perhaps CitiStorage will suffer the same fate. When it comes to north Brooklyn’s waterfront, crazier things have happened.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed no one gets injured battling the fire before any new blueprints are made! Keep up the good work FDNY! We’re so lucky to have you!

 

About Kim M

Kim is a native New Yorker, local activist and writer. When she's not writing books or playing Erin Brockovich with her Save Greenpoint peeps, you will see her whipping around Greenpoint on her bike, chatting it up with folks, and sharing stories about what it is about her hometown that makes life worth living. Follow her on twitter @kimasson or www.kimmassonwrites.com

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