Grandmother, son, grandson killed, 14 others injured in 3-alarm Crown Heights fire

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Monday, November 13, 2023
3 dead, 14 injured in 3-alarm fire in Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Kemberly Richardson has the latest details from Crown Heights.

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A fast-moving fire in a brownstone in Brooklyn left 14 people injured and three dead.

Firefighters were called to the scene at Albany Avenue and Park Place in Crown Heights around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

The flames began on the ground floor and quickly engulfed the three-story building.

Very intense smoke and flames made the work of firefighters very difficult.

Albertha West, the 81-year-old matriarch of the family was killed in the fire -- the home was her family compound where she watched generations grow up.

"We came here from Grenada and they were sweet -- welcomed us, made us feel so comfortable. I'm reeling right now, you know?" said neighbor Jason Thompson.

Albertha's son Michael West, 58, and her 33-year-old grandson, Jamiyl were also killed in the fire.

"Every family event I came over -- birthdays, holidays -- I was there. They were that family," said family friend Greg Bruno.

Most of the other patients at the scene were assessed for smoke inhalation and released.

One firefighter suffered a serious but non-life-threatening injury.

It's unclear what caused the fire or whether smoke detectors were inside and operational at the time.


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