As Williamsburg Police Precinct Catches Fire, FDNY Neighbors Respond Fast

By Meredith Hoffman and Jess Wisloski  on July 9, 2012 7:45pm  | Updated on July 9, 2012 8:57pm

The 90th Precinct at 211 Union Ave. in Williamsburg caught fire on Monday, but the firehouse next door came fast.
The 90th Precinct at 211 Union Ave. in Williamsburg caught fire on Monday, but the firehouse next door came fast.
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BROOKLYN — New York City's Finest got a helping hand from some of the Bravest on Monday, after a Williamsburg police precinct caught fire.

Police officers inside the 90th Precinct were in just the right spot for such an emergency — someone from the station house simply ran next door to report the fire to Battalion 35 Engine 216 and Ladder 108. The firehouse shares a city building on a Williamsburg block with the NYPD.

The smoldering fire started in duct work at the 211 Union Ave. precinct at roughly 4:45 p.m. and grew into an all-hands blaze, requiring 60 firefighters, some of them from the 187 Union Ave. firehouse, FDNY officials said.

"There was smoldering smoke from the AC ducts on the second floor where the detectives work, but there were never flames," said 90th Deputy Inspector Michael Kemper.

"Our firefighter friends next door were very helpful," he added. "I'm thankful they were there."

Kemper said there was no serious damage and that they were "back in business" after the detectives had to clear out of the space for a brief time.

It was unclear what sparked the fire, according to FDNY officials. The blaze was put under control without incident in less than an hour.

Battalion 35 Engine 216 and Ladder 108 responded swiftly to the fire that broke out at the NYPD precinct next door.
Battalion 35 Engine 216 and Ladder 108 responded swiftly to the fire that broke out at the NYPD precinct next door.
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