December 13 2022 BROOKLYN, New York – A large amount of “biological evidence” including DNA linked to New York City crimes dating back decades was destroyed by the Heavy 3-Alarm Fire at the NYPD Evidence Warehouse in Brooklyn.
The NYPD says they use the warehouse to store biological evidence, which includes DNA from crimes, NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said at a news briefing.
Fire broke out this Tuesday morning at 700 Columbia Street in Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, which went up in flames around 10:35 a.m., officials said. Heavy smoke could be seen for miles, across from New Jersey.
Firefighters battled the blaze as the structure collapsed, a total of eight people were injured. Victims, three firefighters, three EMS members and two civilians, sustained minor injuries, according to officials.
Hazmat unit rushed to the scene to assist as Lithium batteries and electric bikes were found on the scene, FDNY reported.
MAYDAY has been called by the FDNY, “Mayday stands out because firefighters will only say Mayday when another firefighter is trapped, injured or missing.”
Firefighter was seen carried out on stretcher as smoke filled the neighborhood.