Lightning Strike Cause Of 6-Alarm Fire In Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Apt. Building

A lightning strike sparked a massive fire that broke out in a residential building in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens section of Flatbush Thursday morning.

A lighting strike hit 456 Brooklyn Ave. at 9:47 a.m. and the 7-story building on New York Avenue caught fire at 10:08 a.m., according to the FDNY.

The fire quickly grew to multiple alarms.

Some 220 firefighters battled the six-alarm blaze before bringing it under control shortly before 2 p.m.

Two firefighters are being treated for smoke inhalation, CBS 2′s Emily Smith reported. One firefighter is listed in critical condition. 24 total injuries have been reported, according to the FDNY.

Video of the scene showed firefighters in a tower-ladder truck blasting water into the top floor of the building as fire raged across the roof. Some jets of water being fired into the window seemed to soar through the roof itself. Thick clouds of smoke billowed up from the building.

At least 18 apartments are considered to be a total loss, Smith reported. The other apartments in the building have been hit with water damage.

The Red Cross is on the scene to help displaced residents.


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