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FDNY Firefighters Severely Burned In Crown Heights Fire

First Posted: 12/19/11 04:09 PM ET Updated: 12/19/11 04:09 PM ET

A fire set ablaze a Crown Heights brownstone on Monday morning, leaving five firefighters injured, including one firefighter with severe burns to over 40 percent of his body.

The Times reports that the firefighter, who has yet to be indentified, is being treated at William Randolph Hearst Burn Center for burns sustained to his face, head, and arms.

The FDNY says another firefighter was seriously hurt and the other three suffered minor injuries.

Firefighters arrived to the chaotic scene around 9AM at 1102 Prospect Place responding to a two-alarm fire. A witness described the fire:

It was crazy. It was ablaze. The firefighter was about to jump he was screaming like crazy. We smelled the smoke and ran over.

Fire spokesman Frank Dwyer said both firefighters were conscious and that at the time of announcement, the injuries did not appear life-threatening.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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