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3 injured in massive fire at Crown Heights Auto Shop: FDNY

CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN — A massive fire at a Crown Heights auto shop injured three people and required the response of more than 100 firefighters on Monday.

The fire started around 10:30 a.m. at 183 Empire Blvd., a one-story mechanic or auto shop on the border between Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts Gardens, according to the FDNY.

It took more than two hours and 140 firefighters and EMS to douse, according to the department. The fire was brought under control shortly before 1 p.m.

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“[We had] a very labor-intensive fire – lots of heat, lots of smoke,” FDNY Deputy Chief Stephen Moro told reporters after the fire.

Moro said the fire was particularly dangerous given the large number of cars that were on lifts in the building and the possibility of gas tanks inside.

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Three people were injured by the flames, including a civilian and two firefighters, according to the FDNY. The civilian was treated and released and the two firefighters were sent to hospital, Moro said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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