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Brooklyn Criminal Court Evacuated After Fire, FDNY and Witnesses Say

By Ben Fractenberg | May 10, 2017 5:09pm | Updated on May 10, 2017 6:48pm

BROOKLYN — Brooklyn Criminal Court had to be evacuated Wednesday after a fire broke out inside, injuring a half dozen court officers and firefighters, officials and witnesses said. 

Fire trucks filled Smith Street at Schermerhorn Street after a fire broke out in the building at about 4:04 p.m., an FDNY spokeswoman and local worker said.

Seven court officers suffered minor injuries and one suffered a moderate injury, the spokeswoman added. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries and one suffered a moderate injury.

Smoke and flames appeared to billow out a window in the building, according to video. 

People were forced to leave the 13-story building and wait on the street while firefighters battled the blaze.

There were no immediate injuries, the spokeswoman added, and the fire appeared to be under control by 6 p.m., the spokeswoman added.