[Photo from around 8:20 last night by Charles]
EVG reader Charles shares this from last night — a report of a fire at 519 E. 12th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.
Shortly after 8, Charles looked out his window to see "flames shooting up the rooftop of the three-story apartment building at 519. I called 911 immediately. Thankfully, at least one other witness had also called in a report prior to me because no sooner had I hung up when three firetrucks roared onto the block."
Here's more via Charles:
The fire was very quickly extinguished with minimal damage to the top-floor apartment.
According to what I gleaned from eyewitnesses, the fire had been going on for several minutes. One resident of the building behind 519 said that he had smelled smoke at least 20 minutes before looking out and seeing flames that were as high as 15 feet and climbing the side of the adjacent building at 517. He called 911 at 8:07. The fire marshal at the scene couldn't ascertain the fire's cause but he did note the presence of candles atop a picnic table on the rooftop.
We were very lucky the fire was spotted early and quickly put out. But as we head toward the 4th and the prospect of several weeks of summertime gatherings, I hope all East Village residents will exercise proper caution and vigilance.