Firefighters have been fighting what’s currently a 7-alarm fire in Williamsburg for over a day now, and it looks like they may be on the scene for weeks.
“This is going to smolder for quite some time,” Chief of Department James Leonard told the Times. He told NBC 4 New York that “the building is a total loss.”
According to the Times and other outlets, firefighters were first called to the CitiStorage facility at Kent Avenue and North 11th Street around 4:30 a.m. yesterday; they doused a small fire in about 45 minutes, but were called back to the scene about an hour later.
Among the more than 100 healthcare organizations and legal entities that had files in the building were the state court system, the city Administration for Children’s Services, the city Health and Hospitals Corporation, and members of the Greater New York Hospital Association.
The city health department has told nearby residents to seek medical assistance if they experience shortness of breath or chest pains.
We took photos in the morning and evening yesterday. Click through the slideshow to see the shots.