A three-alarm blaze decimated a Crown Heights auto repair shop on Monday morning, sending firefighters rushing to put out the blaze as plumes of black smoke darkened the snow-covered sky.
More than 100 smoke eaters responded to the fire on Empire Boulevard between Rogers and Bedford avenues Monday morning, which officials say broke out around 10:30 a.m. and escalated to a three-alarm blaze at 10:52 a.m.
New York’s Bravest dispatched 33 units comprising 140 firefighters to the scene, according to the FDNY, and as of noon, first responders were still working to put out the blaze.
A firefighter is being treated at the scene for minor injuries and a civilian has refused to receive medical treatment, according to the FDNY.
Video from the scene shows a bright orange flame engulfing the body shop and sending a cloud of black smoke into the air over Empire Boulevard.
Update (3:22 PM): Speaking at a press conference at the scene, Deputy Chief Stephen Moro said the fire was brought under control after several hours and its cause was being investigated.
“Very labor intensive fire, lots of heat, lots of smoke, dangerous to search in there with lots of cars that were on lifts being repaired,” Mora said.
The final injury tally was raised to two firefighters, who were treated for burns, and a civilian, according to Mora.
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FDNY members continue to operate at the scene of a 3-alarm fire at 183 Empire Blvd. in Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/WeTXbRcjHX
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