14 injured in early morning inferno at Williamsburg deli


Fourteen people were injured Friday in a massive inferno that ripped through a Williamsburg deli in the early morning hours of July 1.

FDNY smoke-eaters first responded to calls of a fire at the three-story building ⁠— near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and next to popular bar and concert venue Union Pool ⁠— at about 5:40 a.m. Friday morning; by 7:12 a.m. the fire had been upgraded to a fifth alarm, with nearly 200 firefighters responding.

Smoke-eaters worked on the roof of the building attempting to quell a massive smoke plume.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The fire ripped through the ground-floor deli and multiple apartments on the upper floors. Firefighters worked on the roof attempting to ventilate the massive plume of smoke emanating from the burning edifice. By the time the fire was under control just before 8 a.m., the entire building was gutted.