Possible arsonist injures 11 in Bed-Stuy apartment building blaze

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Firefighters arrived at the building within three minutes, and had the fire under control by 10:05 a.m.

(PIX11) – At least 11 people were injured after a two-alarm fire tore through a Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment building Thursday morning.

The FDNY says a fire started just after 9 a.m. in a three-story apartment building at 375 Chauncey Street.

Witnesses say the fire was caused by a female arsonist who forced a door open and poured gasoline in the stairway before she fled the scene around 9:15.

The landlord, in the black tank top, almost lost her life in the blaze as well.

Though the FDNY showed up within three minutes, the fire had already spread to two floors.


People were trapped inside and  “were kicking out windows to get out,” reported one witness who was injured in the blaze.

One unconscious woman was pulled out by firefighters but was resuscitated. Four were in critical condition, two being treated for serious injuries.

The FDNY didn’t forget about residents’ pets — cats and dogs were also rescued in the fire.

Other than the 11 injured, the FDNY, neighbors and residents are “just glad everybody got out.”

Web produced by Allison Yang

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Connect with PIX11 Online

Connect with PIX11 Online

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

@PIX11News on Twitter