Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

One dead, 20 hurt in New York blaze

Firefighters stand on a fire escape of a burning building in the Brooklyn area of New York (AP)

One person has died in a fire that ripped through a six-story New York apartment building, US officials have said.

A fire department spokesman said the body of a 64-year-old woman was found in the rubble after firefighters battled strong winds for several hours trying to extinguish the blaze. The victim's name was not released.

Officials say 20 firefighters were injured battling Saturday's blaze in Brooklyn. None of the injuries were life-threatening. Four civilians suffered minor injuries. Seven people were treated at the scene.

Strong winds complicated firefighters' efforts at the building on East 29th Street before the fire was brought under control early on Sunday.

More than 200 firefighters were called to the scene.

The building has 70 apartments. The spokesman said a shelter for displaced residents had been set up at a nearby school.

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