Residents Trapped in Red Hook Apartment Fire, Witnesses Say

By Claire Oliver on July 6, 2013 3:34pm 

 A mid-morning fire at the Red Hook East Houses apartment complex injured several, including three firefighters
A mid-morning fire at the Red Hook East Houses apartment complex injured several, including three firefighters
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RED HOOK — Several people — both civilians and firefighters — were injured when a fire broke out Saturday morning on the top floor of a Red Hook apartment building.

At 11:02 a.m., 12 units comprised of 60 firefighters responded to the all-hands call to 772 Henry St., Building 6, part of the Red Hook East Houses public housing complex.

“I was screaming for people to get out, but they couldn’t; they were stuck,” said a building resident who said she was sitting in the courtyard when the fire broke out. She declined to give her name.

Hilda Mathos, another resident, said she was out shopping when the fire started. She returned home to see smoke coming out of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-floor windows.

The pair watched as emergency responders carried several people out on stretchers, Mathos said, including a baby.

The fire originated in apartment 6E, an FDNY spokesman said.

Several people were injured as a result of the fire.

According to the FDNY, two residents were taken to area hospitals in serious condition; another was transported with minor injuries; and another was evacuated from the premises. Three of the firefighters who responded to the call were treated for minor injuries at New York Methodist Hospital.

FDNY officials said the blaze was brought under control at 11:53 a.m. An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
 

 Workers clean up after the fire that started on the building's sixth floor.
Workers clean up after the fire that started on the building's sixth floor.
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