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A Fire in Bushwick

- UpFromFlames - Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 : goo

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Fires are not just a thing of the past in Bushwick. One happened just this morning, on Street and Place.

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Of course, I'm no reporter, just a teacher with a camera and a sense of history. So if i can narrate a bit from Bushwick's fiery past, I can tell you what these firemen from ladder Ladder 112/Engine 271 (and other companies) are doing here.

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The fire fighter with the saw is about to cut a whole in the roof. Bushwick's older houses were such firetraps due to their common cocklofts, an "innovation" that circulated air with a connecting hollow area that stretched between homes, for a whole block. They have to make a hole in that roof and let the fire out, or it will explode out of the sides of the building.


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They succeeded, and the fire did as it should, arching up in a cascade of smoke that enveloped the block.

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The smoke looks menacing, but by 2nd period (9AM), it was out. sorry that these families lost their homes, but am glad that there were a group of teachers on hand to help out--to wake up the neighbors, call the FDNY, and even get some pictures to our CityNoise readers.

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Glendalis Ortiz: 25th Mar 2009 - 00:36 GMT

Wow. This fire was crazy to me. I was walking on my way to school this morning and all I can see was a whole cloud of smoke and firefighters near by. When I got close enough I couldn't believe it. I haven't seen a fire that bad in years. I still can't get over it. I feel bad for the people who lost their homes.

Peter: 25th Mar 2009 - 00:48 GMT

feel the threat of death
satan's tongue licks from the past
hell's always burning

Vanessa: 27th Mar 2009 - 16:47 GMT

I saw the smoke from Bushwick Ave @ Madison. Hope everyone got out safely.

Rosemary : 7th Apr 2009 - 01:18 GMT

I recognize the building. It is 376 Palmetto Street. I spent a good portion of my childhood there. We lived on the third floor from 1963-1973. I am shocked the building was even still being occupied. It was a very old house when I lived there. When we lived there you could still see the capped off gas pipes sticking out of the wall which meant they were still using gas lamps when it was originally built. I was born in bushwick in 1957. Went to P.S. 116, JHS 111 then went to Stuyvesant HS in Manhattan. My grandparents owned a small apt building on Melrose Street near Knickerbocker Ave and I have fond memories of those early years. I can't believe what they are asking now for these tenement buildings!

ccbyrd926: 25th Mar 2011 - 11:50 GMT

I now live in 376 Palmetto, 3rd floor. Tuesday morning,6am, my glass shower door exploded I to a million tiny shards while we were sleeping. This morning at 6 am, my computer turned on by itself without having a wake up alarm set. I was not in Bushwick in 2009, I had moved from it in 2007, but I hear of the fire whenever I tell anyone where I live. I certainly hope everyone got out ok, and anyone ago was here, rest your souls!

ccbyrd926: **anyone who was here, rest your souls.

Rosemary : 20th Jul 2011 - 03:14 GMT

To ccbyrd926-376 Palmetto Street is definately haunted. If I told you some of the things that my sister and I saw there when we were kids it would make your hair stand on end. There are some very unhappy spirits living there-they are not at peace. I think something terrible must have happened there many years ago. I am now in my 50's and every once in a while I will have a nightmare about that place. Good luck to you.

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