East Houston Fire: Morning After

Posted on: July 9th, 2010 at 6:57 am by

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This morning, we are digesting all the news from last night’s upgraded four-alarm blaze at 240 East Houston (at Avenue A). Luckily, no one was hurt too badly; although, eight firefighters reportedly suffered some minor injuries. This morning, the fire scene is eerily silent, with only one cop car on patrol. The Houston Deli & Grocery is still open. Herewith, a quick roundup of intel from across the local media outlets.

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[Photo Credit: Steve Benisty]

NY1:

Fire officials said the building was unoccupied, despite being used for commercial and residential purposes. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

*However, one reader is refuting this claim, saying, “Not sure why NY1 is saying building was unoccupied as it very much was so. We took in some friends who live on the first floor. Said the construction was to remove decking on the roof that was a fire hazard. Removal started Monday.”

1010 WINS:

Eight firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a blaze on Manhattan’s Lower East Side…A Fire Department spokesman says the fire was declared under control about two hours later.

Gothamist:

The fire was at 240 East Houston Street. A few weeks ago, this complaint was filed with the Department of Buildings: “SCAFFOLDING IS BEING INSTALLED ON THE SIDEWALK, THEY HAVE INSTALLED FOUR OF THE SUPPORTS ON THE PROPERTY OF 244 E HOUSTON WITHOUTPERMISSION AND THERE ARE NO PERMITS/PLANS POSTED FOR THE CONSTCTN”

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New York Times:

The Fire Department was investigating the cause of the fire Thursday night, and the extent of the damage was still being assessed. Residents said they believed that the blaze began on the roof, where construction workers had recently started a renovation project.

The man, who identified himself only as a bar owner named Trigger [of the Continental bar] said he ran out into the hall and saw the doorway leading to the roof consumed by flames. There are about four other apartments on the top floor.

EV Grieve:

And, the one place that I thought would be closed, was open… Houston Deli & Grocery on the corner… According to the manager, “We were very lucky,” he said. “But I don’t know for how long. At any minute, water could come through the ceiling.”

WNYC:

“When we arrived it was a two-alarm fire, then it quickly became a three, and at this point we are calling a four-alarm fire,” the FDNY’s Joseph Pfiefer said at an evening briefing for reporters, adding that he expected emergency responders to be on scene into the evening because of the building’s large size.

Vanishing NY:

After the major blaze at Houston and Avenue A., firefighters are glad to make it out. Water, oxygen, and brotherhood.

DNAinfo:

A worker at a restaurant on Essex Street across from the burning building said the blaze originated on the southeast corner of the roof and burned for about 45 minutes before a small explosion spread flames over the entire rooftop.

FULL FIRE COVERAGE OF 240 EAST HOUSTON

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