A fast moving fire quickly engulfed the second and third floors of a large apartment building on Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights. One person was killed in the blaze and four others were injured.
The fire broke out at 10:00pm inside the second and third floors of 451 Kingston Avenue, on the corner of Lefferts Avenue. The building contains over 150 residential units.
While batteling the blaze firefighters made the grim discovery of one individual who perished in the blaze. Four others were injured and were taken to Kings County Hospital and are listed in stable condition.
It took firefighters over 30 minutes to put the fire out.
This building is no stranger to trouble, in recent years a man was slashed multiple times over a drug dispute, another man was beaten to death on the builds front steps, this in addition to frequent visits by police to the property.
The building is owned and managed by Yossi Popack, a local landlord who owns multiple properties in the neighborhood and who donates to local institutions.
Update: The FDNY says the fire was sparked by a person who was smoking in an apartment. The victim was identified as 56-year-old Rupert Smith.