Fire engulfs Brooklyn lumber yard

Fire engulfs Brooklyn lumber yard

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NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly 200 firefighters battled fire and ice to overcome a five-alarm blaze at a New York City lumber yard.

Fire Department officials say the huge blaze at a building supply yard in Brooklyn was reported at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday and spread quickly in the tinder-box conditions.

Temperatures near zero degrees froze fire hydrants.

Firefighters said the fire was under control by 5 a.m. No injuries were reported.

The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway was briefly closed twice due to blowing flames and ice spread by the hoses.

Fire Department Chief of Operations James Esposito told the Daily News (http://nydn.us/1a7GrMm ) the fight to contain the flames was "punishing" given the freezing temperatures.

He said crews had to stretch extraordinarily long water lines to working hydrants.

Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com

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