Wind-Whipped Five-Alarm Fire Burns Flatbush Building


A five-alarm fire tore through a six-floor building in Flatbush last night, killing an elderly woman and injuring 25 of the 200 firefighters on the scene. Officials said yesterday’s high winds — with gusts of more than 50 mph — created a blowtorch effect. Firefighters got the situation under control at 2 a.m. today. [NYDN via Gothamist]