Last night, the FDNY responded to a report of a fire on Avenue B between Third Street and Fourth. Several eyewitnesses put the fire at the Laundry & Dry Cleaners at 44 Avenue B. For passersby, the damage seemed minimal enough. We posted a photo of a burned-up laundry cart.
Building resident Stacie Joy sent us the above photo and a quick account of the damage inside:
The fire was from the laundromat on the ground floor. It traveled up the back of the building and hit the new construction (wood subflooring) in the apartments in the back. They evacuated us and we returned to find our places deep under water.
Some doors were busted, holes in roofs, windows opened by firefighters but everyone is alive and fine. The worst of it is all the thick acrid black smoke and the water damage.