3 Useless, 14 Injured in Brooklyn Home Hearth

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The fireplace, at 242 Albany Avenue between Sterling Place and Park Place within the Crown Heights neighborhood, was first reported on the bottom flooring of the constructing at round 4:30 a.m. When firefighters responded, they discovered all three flooring ablaze.

Mayor Eric Adams arrived on the scene shortly after 8 a.m., neighbors mentioned. He stayed for a couple of minutes to survey the injury earlier than leaving the scene.

The individuals who died had been Albertha West, 81, her son, Michael West, 58, and her grandson, Jamiyl West, 33.

Quickly after, Mr. Thompson realized that three members of the West household had died.

The Wests had lived within the late-Nineteenth-century house because the Nineteen Seventies, after they moved there from South Carolina, Mr. Thompson mentioned. They welcomed Mr. Thompson when he and his household moved from Grenada to New York.

“Now, two days later, he has handed,” Mr. Thompson mentioned of Mr. West. “I’m confused. I’m nonetheless reeling.”

He mentioned Ms. West was the matriarch of the household who drove herself to church each Sunday morning. On holidays, Ms. West would host yard barbecues. She all the time put apart one in all her savory burgers for Mr. Thompson.

“She’s a legend,” he mentioned. “She’s all the time there. She’s sturdy.”

“This is among the worst days of my life,” he added.

Greg Bruno, 36, was additionally devastated. He had recognized his finest pal, Jamiyl West, for greater than 20 years. Mr. Bruno mentioned they final spoke on Saturday whereas taking part in Name of Responsibility. As quickly as he heard concerning the hearth, Mr. Bruno drove to see the charred constructing the place he had attended many vacation cookouts and birthday events.

Mr. Bruno hung his head. “They had been that household,” he mentioned.

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