Arsonist sets house fire that injures 11 residents in Brooklyn, witnesses say
Residents of the Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment building said they saw a woman force open the door and pour gasoline on the stairwell Thursday morning.
“One woman was pulled out of the fire … we thought she was dead, but the firefighters managed to resuscitate her.”
Resident Shanell Dukes, 18, who escaped with her 26-year-old brother, were woken up by people screaming “Fire! Fire!” she said.
Her brother cut his arm while trying unsuccessfully to break the back window, but, moments later, a firefighter smashed the glass with a crowbar, giving them a shot at freedom
Firefighters said they got to the scene within three minutes, but the blaze had already spread to two floors — trapping helpless victims inside. Firefighters had to saw through window bars to reach the trapped residents. At least one victim was unconscious, officials said. Four of the 11 residents rescued were in critical condition Thursday morning. Two others had serious injuries.