July 30, 2009
6805 Third Avenue Bay Ridge Fire
The fire began about 1130 Wednesday night, and wasn't put out until nearly 3am.
Amazingly, everyone in each of the sixteen apartments got out. The Red Cross took good care of them.
It was a four alarm fire. That would mean Engine Company 241 and Ladder Company 109 from just down Third Avenue, along with the guys from three other firehouses.
There were 14 injuries - 12 to firemen, two to residents.
The Sunnydale Farms deli has been at this location since the 1970s. I worked there over 30 years ago, along with a bunch of troublemakers. It was owned by John Bae, from Korea. It had been owned by different Korean families ever since. I've shopped there hundreds and hundreds of times. It was a clean and friendly place, just what you want on your block.
I knew the current owners by sight. They normally closed at eleven. So, last night, they would have left right before the fire started. They came by today. As you might expect, they were devastated.
At seven tonight, scaffolding was being put up around the building.
I hope that they can find a way to save the structure. And that the residents find new apartments that they like. And that Sunnydale Farms reopens soon, in a place very close to the corner of 68th Street and Third Avenue.
FromNews 12 Brooklyn including a video interview with Sunnydale owner Sung Ho.