Saturday, June 2, 2012

Officials Investigate Fatal Williamsburg Fire

Investigators are looking for the cause of an apartment fire that killed a woman in Brooklyn.

Flames broke out in 59-year-old Ellen Lucky's Williamsburg apartment on Consylea Avenue around 9:15 p.m Friday night.

The New York City Fire Department said that the third and fourth floors of the four-story building were burning heavily when units arrived.

More than 100 firefighters were eventually called to battle the flames.

Four firefighters suffered minor injuries.

FDNY Deputy Chief Kevin Woods, who was at the scene, said the fire was so heavy, firefighters were forced to pull out of the building and attack it from the outside.

"We had to pull all members out of the building due to the amount of fire on the third and fourth floors," Woods said. "We went to an exterior attack with tower ladders. The fire also dropped down to the second and first floors."

Lucky was found unconscious after the flames were out and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"I was walking out of the subway and I said 'wow, what a disaster,'" said one witness. "That smell was horrible."

"There was blazing fire coming out of the upper right window," said a second witness. "Within minutes, the wind had taken to second part of the house."

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

The deputy chief said that everyone who lived in the building has been displaced.

By: NY1 News

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