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Massive 5-alarm fire breaks out at Brooklyn Catholic church during Easter Sunday services

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A five-alarm fire broke out at a Catholic church in Brooklyn on Sunday, interrupting Easter services and prompting a massive response from the New York City Fire Department.

The fire broke out at Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii on Seigel Street in Bushwick just before 2 p.m.

A video posted on X showed flames shooting out of the church.

The FDNY said at least six people injured in the fire were being treated. The injured included three parishioners and three firefighters, all with minor injuries.

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Parishioners who were inside for Easter services smelled smoke, evacuated and called for help. (@FDNY)

The fire department said parishioners smelled smoke, evacuated the building and called for help.

“During an Easter service, parishioners smelled smoke and immediately evacuated. There were approximately 150 parishioners inside,” First Deputy Commissioner Joseph Pfeiffer said. “We responded to the adjacent church building.” “The fire was intense and quickly escalated to level 5 alert.”

According to fire officials, the fire was extinguished on the first floor, but it spread to the second floor. Officials said the church portion of the building was saved except for some water damage.

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FDNY at scene of 5-alarm church fire

A fire broke out at a Brooklyn church on Easter Sunday, with more than 100 people inside, officials said. (@FDNY)

“One of the firefighters fell from the second floor to the first floor while fighting a fire.The other firefighters issued a mayday, but he did not realize that the mayday was for him, and he fell to the ground. “He jumped up and tried to run up the stairs. He was not injured and we were able to continue fighting the fire. This is because we are working here to save lives.” It shows the courage of all of our members,” Chief of Staff Michael Myers said.

The fire was brought under control by 5:18 p.m., and the FDNY Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.


“People are so connected to their parish that when they see the parish center and the parsonage on fire, they know that those attending Mass have made it to safety… They’re not going to be able to fully rejoice because they’re mourning what happened to their church,” John Quaglione, a spokesman for the Diocese of Brooklyn, told PIX 11 News.