Hundreds of firefighters battle five-alarm blaze at Brooklyn lumber yard

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NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 200 firefighters battled fire and ice to overcome a five-alarm blaze at a New York City lumber yard.

Fire Department officials say the huge blaze at a building supply yard in Brooklyn was reported at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday and spread quickly in the tinder-box conditions.

Temperatures near zero degrees froze fire hydrants.

Firefighters said the fire was under control by 5 a.m. No injuries were reported.

The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway was briefly closed twice due to blowing flames and ice spread by the hoses.

Fire Department Chief of Operations James Esposito told the Daily News the fight to contain the flames was “punishing” given the freezing temperatures.

He said crews had to stretch extraordinarily long water lines to working hydrants.