7-alarm warehouse fire burns in Brooklyn; 1 injury reported

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Posted: Jan 31, 2015 4:24 PM
7-alarm warehouse fire burns in Brooklyn; 1 injury reported

NEW YORK (AP) — A 7-alarm fire destroyed a warehouse and sent giant clouds of smoke across Brooklyn and into Manhattan on a day so cold that water froze on firefighters' helmets.

FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard says the large volume of water and the efforts of 275 firefighters failed to save the building Saturday.

He says one person was treated at the scene in the Williamsburg neighborhood for smoke inhalation. The fire was reported at about 6:30 a.m., two hours after firefighters were summoned to the building to put out a small fire.

Leonard says the search for a cause will work to determine if the two fires were related.

The building contained offices and storage and lots of paper, which served to fuel flames that burned through walls.