Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday Afternoon in Williamsburg: Fire in Two Houses on Conselyea Street between Lorimer and Union

"Marone, it's always something," said one of our Conselyea Street neighbors this afternoon as we watched firefighters put out a blaze at two houses on the north side of the street a couple of houses down from Union Avenue. We were reading after 1 p.m. when we heard a lot of helicopters, but we didn't go outside for more than half an hour. There were lots of fire trucks down our block at the corner of Lorimer. Our 90yo neighbor asked us if we'd heard what was going on. We hadn't but after we walked to the next block, we saw the big fire.

There were firetrucks and firefighters everywhere. On Fox News it says that more than 100 firefighters have been sent to a three-alarm fire. Another neighbor told us one of the houses was 15 Conselyea.

By the time we got there, it appeared to be under control. We heard over a fire official's communication device that a wall in one of the buildings had collapsed, but nobody seemed panicked.

We heard people say, "Thank God no one was hurt," but at the corner of Union and Metropolitan we saw them load an injured firefighter from a gurney into one of the ambulances there. The intersection and basically all of Union Avenue were blocked with firetrucks, ambulances, police cars and other emergency vehicles.

"I feel sorry for the poor people in those houses," our old neighbor said. Marone, it's always something. In the last year this stretch of Conselyea Street has also seen part of the facade of our neighbors' house dangerously falling off (not so serious, it didn't stop them from selling the house for $1.15 million), and more tragically, a building collapse on another Monday afternoon and now this big fire.

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