Williamsburg coffee shop struck by fire this morning

photo by Jenn Morrissey

photo by Jenn Morrissey

The Bakeshop by Whoops Cafe (Driggs and North 7th) and the apartments above it were hit by [Read more…]

Five-alarm fire on Richardson Street leaves one dead and another missing

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From Daily News:

A fire ripped through a three-story Brooklyn apartment building early Monday, killing at least one resident as firefighters searched for another, officials said. [Read more…]

“I have put on fire” – Williamsburg landlord’s goon arraigned on arson charges

356 Marcy AveAfter allegedly setting a fire on the doorstep of a tenant who was past due on their rent at [Read more…]

Media speculates that Williamsburg fire was arson


The fire spotted from the air; credit Gary He

If we see a developer breaking ground on a multi-million dollar tower in coming days, let’s just say we won’t be surprised. The news about a second fire in the warehouse and the clear and windy weather conditions make it all the more suspicious.

From the Times:

…the department interviewed three warehouse employees, but investigators had not been able to enter the building and were not close to determining the fire’s cause. Marshals were investigating whether the first fire had rekindled or a second fire started independently, and whether the fire had been deliberately set or sparked accidentally.

In Williamsburg, where luxury high-rises have rapidly replaced the old factories and warehouses and residents fear the 11-acre site where the CitiStorage building sits is next, it was not hard to find people who believed the fire’s cause was obvious. [Read more…]

Williamsburg bar Donna shut down indefinitely by electrical fire


From Eater:

Donna, the popular Williamsburg cocktail bar, is closed for the foreseeable future after a devastating fire caused significant damage to the space this past Saturday night. An electrical fire broke out in the bar’s ceiling sometime between 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and quickly destroyed the space, but luckily, no one was injured.

After praising the quick response of the FDNY, Donna owner Leif Young Huckman posted a note on the Donna Facebook page announcing the news of the closure, saying, “closing our doors to you is a heart-wrenching choice to make, as is not being able to provide my incredible staff with steady employment, but it is a necessary one for the time being.” Huckman also put out a call for any bars or restaurants who can offer shifts to the now displaced Donna employees. This also means that Brooklyn Taco’s outpost inside Donna is now closed as well.

Major Fire At Bushwick Bar Alaska


An all-hands fire broke out tonight at 35 Ingraham Street, home of taxidermy-n’-whiskey lair Alaska.

According to the FDNY, the fire was called in at 9:49 p.m. and took nearly an hour to be brought under control…. [The Red Cross] moved about four tenants from the apartment next door to a nearby hotel because of smoke damage. They estimated the rebuilding of Alaska could take months. ‘These kinds of fires are common — due to faulty wires, power surges, and overheating in the summer,” said the crew’s field director.

Huge Fire On Conselyea Left A Woman Dead Last Night


Did you hear all those sirens around 9:30 p.m. last night? They were probably attending to a huge fire at 147 Conselyea St. near Graham Avenue. Twitter photos show emergency vehicles parked on Metropolitan Avenue and a large crowd watching.

A 59-year-old woman died in the fire, according to DNAinfo. It took 100 firefighters more than three hours to put out the blaze.

Tipsters told us last night that the fire was near the intersection of Graham and Metropolitan and Tony’s Pizzeria. It turns out that one of the residents of the building works at the pizzeria.

The New York Post says that the 59-year-old may have started the fire with a cigarette.

NY1 has video.

Musicians on fire

Caged Animals – Piles Of $$$ from Lucky Number Music on Vimeo.

BK’s Caged Animals have returned from a pretty lengthy European tour with a new video to boot. There are many things that make this video great, but the best part for me is probably the enflamed guitar solo. When one adds fire to a guitar solo…I’m pretty sure this is a done deal for greatness. Caged Animals have a few NY dates coming up:

11/30 – PIANO’S – NEW YORK, NY – w/ 2:54
12/1 – BIG SNOW – BROOKLYN, NY w/ EULA, Quilty
12/11 – SHEA STADIUM – BROOKLYN, NY w/ Soft Spot, Phonetag