3 Injured In 2-Alarm Church Fire


Two firefighters and another person was injured after a two-alarm fire erupted at a store-front church in Brooklyn early Tuesday.

Fire officials say the blaze broke out at 3:50 a.m. at the Holy Love Pentecostal Church of God, located at 998 Rutland Avenue near 94th Street in East Flatbush.

All the residents in the apartments above the ground-floor church were evacuated.

The fire was quickly brought under control, but not before two firefighters and a resident suffered minor injuries.

"When we arrived we had a heavy smoke condition in the front and a heavy fire condition in the rear of the church on the first floor," FDNY Deputy Chief Rocco Rinaldi told PIX 11 News. "We were able to put it [the fire] out through the rear. Because there were a lot of chairs in the church, we couldn't get through [the front]."

Most of the damage was contained inside the church. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Holy Love Pentecostal Church of God celebrated its 36th anniversary over the weekend, and has been a fixture in the East Flatbush for over 20 years.

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