Almost three dozen people were injured – two of them children – when a fire broke out on the first floor of a Brooklyn apartment building Sunday night, police and fire department officials said.
A total of 32 people were injured, transported to local hospitals, 3 with serious but non-life threatening injuries, the remaining 27 all with minor injuries when the smokey blaze broke at 11:41pm. according to fire department officials.
Nineteen of the injured had to be transported by police – while fire department personnel transported the remaining 13.
Dian Allen was in her 3rd floor apartment at 97 Euclid Ave. when the fire broke out.
“People were knocking, we opened the door but we couldn’t get out – we couldn’t see – there was no way we could make it down the stairs,” said Allen, who grabbed her five grandchildren and two children, tossed towels and jackets out their third floor window before fleeing to the fire escape.
“We had to grab the kids and get out the fire escape… the smoke was so thick you couldn’t see – everyone just had to run.”
Firefighters brought under control just before 12:30 a.m., with a total of 12 units, and over 60 firefighters. The cause is still under investigation.