Fire Damages Three Floors in Artist’s Building on Seventh Ave.

The building between Second and Third streets, home to two apartments and an art studio, went up in flames on Wed. morning, no injuries.

A fire broke out in a four-story apartment building on Seventh Ave. Wednesday morning, pulling 75 firemen to help battle the flames, an FDNY spokesman said.

The fire started on the third floor in the brick building, between Second and Third streets, at around 9:03 a.m., according to firemen on the scene.

“Flames were pushing out of the right window on the third floor when we arrived,” said Division 11 Deputy Chief Robert Strong while looking at the building, which has sculptures on the façade.

The building is owner occupied, who is an artist, and lives on the second and third floors. Battalion 48 Chief Duggan explained that the third and fourth floors suffered extensive fire and smoke damage in the front of the building, while the second floor was only damaged by water.

There were no injuries during the all-hands fire, which pulled five ladder companies and 75 firemen, who were able to extinguish the flames by 9:35 a.m.

A woman standing across the street said she saw the fire from a few blocks away.

“I saw the smoke pluming up from Carroll Street,” said Stana Weisburd, who has lived in Park Slope for 42 years. “It’s so sad.”

Weisburd said that she has watched the sculptures on the building’s façade, put up by owner Mark Ravitz, change over the years.

“I watched Mark’s artwork go from cows to ketchup and mustard sculptures, I hope they are not damaged,” she said.

Fire Marshalls are investigating the cause of the fire. 

Patti November 28, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Thanks to the FDNY.


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