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FDNY Called to 2 Small Fires at High-Rise Under Construction Near Barclays

 FDNY responded to a fire on Wednesday morning at 461 Dean St. and Flatbush Avenue.
FDNY responded to a fire on Wednesday morning at 461 Dean St. and Flatbush Avenue.
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PROSPECT HEIGHTS — Fire department officials responded to two small fires this week in a large residential tower that's wrapping up construction next to the Barclays Center, according to the FDNY and building records.

Seventy-eight emergency workers responded to a fire Wednesday on the 7th floor of 461 Dean St. on Flatbush Avenue about 8:30 a.m., the FDNY said.

The blaze was under control within 30 minutes, the department said, and no one was injured.

The building, a 24-story affordable- and market-rate apartment tower built within the 22-acre Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park development, is currently in its last months of construction. Subsidized units in the tower are now up for grabs in a housing lottery, to be completed at the end of June.

The developers of the building, Forest City Ratner Companies, said construction resumed as normal after Wednesday’s fire, which was contained to one apartment unit.

"This morning, 461 Dean construction workers alerted the fire department about a small, isolated fire in one of the building's apartment units. The fire was extinguished promptly and there were no injuries. We take construction site safety extremely seriously and will take steps to reinforce all safety protocols across the worksite,” FCRC spokeswoman Nicole Kolinsky said in a statement.

The fire came five days after firefighters responded to the building because a cable sparked and began to smoke during a crane disassembly on Friday afternoon, FDNY officials said. That incident resulted in a violation — now resolved — from the Department of Buildings for “inadequate safety measures,” city records show.

The episode, first reported by the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report, alarmed nearby residents who captured the small blaze in images posted on Twitter and Instagram.


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No cause has yet been determined for Wednesday’s fire, which is being investigated by the Fire Marshal, the FDNY said.