Witnesses Claim Arsonist Set Brooklyn (NY) Fire

Residents of a Brooklyn (NY) apartment building said they saw a woman force open the door and pour gasoline on the stairwell Thursday morning, reports The New York Daily News.

The massive fire ripped through a Brooklyn home and injured 11, officials said.

Fire officials were unable to immediately confirm witness accounts Thursday morning.

“People were kicking out windows to get out,” said one witness, who said that two children and three women were among the injured.

 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.

“(We’re) very lucky 11 people didn’t die,” said Lt. Don Boyle, of Ladder Company 111.

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