Lightning Strike Cause Of 6-Alarm Fire In Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Apt. Building

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A lightning strike sparked a massive fire that broke out in an apartment building in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens section of Flatbush Thursday morning, seriously injuring a firefighter and leaving dozens homeless.

A lighting strike hit 456 Brooklyn Ave. at 9:47 a.m. and the 7-story building on New York Avenue caught fire at 10:08 a.m., according to the FDNY.

The fire quickly grew to multiple alarms. Some 220 firefighters battled the six-alarm blaze before bringing it under control four hours later.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports

A few dozen firefighters had to be taken to nearby hospitals, one experiencing severe chest pains and smoke inhalation, CBS 2’s Emily Smith reported.

At least 18 apartments are considered to be a total loss, Smith reported. The other apartments in the building have water damage.

“I was sleeping. All I heard was a loud boom. My brother woke me up and…

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