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Fire in a Jewish Apartment Bulding

Crown Heights, Brooklyn – At around 10:45pm, Motzoai Shabbos a fire broke out in a Jewish apartment building. The incident took place on the second floor of 1650 President St. between Utica and Schenectady, many residents were forced to evacuate due to heavy smoke conditions in the building.

More pictures in the Extended Article.

An ‘All Hands’ was called over FDNY radios and the first set of fire trucks arrived on scene within moments of fire being reported and immediately setup the ladder trucks and pump engines and began working on putting out the fire. As more firefighters showed up on scene they began assisting resident with the evacuation. Numerous Hatzalah and Shomrim members were also on scene assisting with the coordination of the evacuation. There was also a Hatzalah ambulance on scene in case there was anyone that required medical treatment.

The fire lasted for around 15 minutes at which time it was reported that the fire was confirmed to have been put out. B”H there were no injures and no one required any sort of medical attention. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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#1 Comment By Chaim E. On April 22, 2007 @ 6:22 am

nice to see r’ dovid hard at work. i wish he would get back into expanding the schunah. nobody did it like him.

#2 Comment By Pjs On April 22, 2007 @ 10:43 am

very funny to see that guy out in his PJs. and i really like the pictures of the firemen…

#3 Comment By MP On April 22, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

BH that nobody was hurt… once again B, beautiful pics.

#4 Comment By resident of the building On April 22, 2007 @ 7:45 am

b”h everyone is ok besides for some smoke inhalation and having to sleep elswhere because of the smoke. kol hakovod to all the emergency units who responded so quickly and helped out all the people there and especially the fire dept. for coming in record time and getting the fire under control before it could go any further than it did – they even managed to save half of the residents apt. (besides for smoke damage) – yishar koach

#5 Comment By Yisroel On April 22, 2007 @ 10:24 am

why do you think CH is stagnating? because they drove Fisher out. You go into BP Williamsburg you see new buildings going up like mushrooms after a rain but CH is stagnating. Think about it.

#6 Comment By help On April 22, 2007 @ 10:38 am

if only there were more men in this shcunah like Rabbi Fisher shimshon…boy do we miss him
people that really cared abt crown heights not like some other people that do things for pictures

#7 Comment By anonymous On April 22, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

my father is in hatzalah. he was there and when he came back he stunk like fire. it must have been really bad.

#8 Comment By dsds@gmail.com On April 22, 2007 @ 8:02 am

Correct!

Nobody even tried, never mind “did.”

#9 Comment By anon On April 22, 2007 @ 8:44 am

chaim e, u r opening a can of worms with that comment….of course no ne expanded the ‘hood the way dovid fisher did…and no one stole from as many people as he did.

#10 Comment By A member of Crown Heights On April 22, 2007 @ 6:55 pm

To all of Crown Heights & readers I think that we should come together for once & continue the chesed of Shimshon find out who’s Apartment that was & maybe help them out like getting them A new set of cutlery or A new wardrobe or what ever else they might of lost in the fire when tragedy strikes it’s always easy to forget about the victim or victims

#11 Comment By Do Not Forget On April 22, 2007 @ 10:38 pm

To Help, Yisroel and Chaim E.

True, we should have more people involved in expanding the Schuna.

But how could you forget about the “Agmas Nefesh” that this person caused the Rebbe to go through!!!!!!!

#12 Comment By bochur On April 22, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

the first person to make machlokes in lubavitch and give the rebbe pain brabim was this man who also underminded the rabbanim b4 anyone else achutzpah that his pic is here altogether

#13 Comment By Thank You On April 22, 2007 @ 10:07 pm

That is a very nice gesture.
You don’t need to know who’s apartment it was, however if you’d like to donate to the cause feel free to contact crownheights.info and they will follow thru.
Thank You!
Attn Webby, u can email me if things develop.

#14 Comment By nechy On April 22, 2007 @ 11:37 pm

fischer only cared because he was worried about his building…

#15 Comment By standing up On April 22, 2007 @ 8:39 pm

Fisher is great person to bring back to this community we should all be begging for him to return!!!

#16 Comment By CH On April 22, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

How can we donate, please advise.

#17 Comment By Eliezer On April 22, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

the trth is that the reason thing have been this way for years is that fishers violation of our comuintys trust remains strong today. Whay do we assume that it even was a yid apt, that was damaged? It could be bec, this stry might be missing some vital info???

#18 Comment By SPEAKING UP On April 22, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

Shimshon knew what he was doing when he stayied friends with Rabbi Fisher everyone shohld learn from him. HE WAS A TRUE YID!!!

#19 Comment By Daniel L. On April 23, 2007 @ 8:51 am

if fisher would of continued there would be another 20 section 8 buildings and i would not be paying over $1000 a month rent. a shame that a few were jealous, things would have been much better…. i cannot even think of buying a house because of the skyrocketing prices, fisher was giving them away!! he was selling for chizuk hashchuna…. a shame….

#20 Comment By someone who doesnt live in sec 8 On April 23, 2007 @ 10:27 am

you all love to bash him as you sit in your section 8 apartment and pay 12 dollars a month in rent. your all a bunch of PHONIES. thats all. there are plenty of other people in our fine “shcunah” that have done bad things in their life times but they dont get the same publicity as him. what he didi was wrong but its in the past and it was resolved a few years ago. and they all made peace. but in the mean time while he was in exile all of you people who totally full of -you know what- were living in his buldings on peanuts for rent and you all sat around your shabbos tables and spoke about him negatively. think of the irony. i have literally seen people in one sentance bashing him and in the next saying how they are going to ask him for an apartment cause they are too lazy to get a real job and pay rent like the rest of us humans. its time for a little intelectaul honesty. if you hate him so much… MOVE OUT OF HIS BUILDINGS. but all the people that bash him really secretly admire him or wish or only dream they can have as much success as him or give as much tzedakah as him. but they never will cuz if they do actually aquire somehting of value then they will – G-D forbid it, heavens- have to pay more rent or even worse-gasp- have to move out. and that they will never do cuz that requires them to get off their tuches and get jobs and it is wat easier to just live in one bedroom place with 12 kids and pay 12 dollars rent and sit all day and talk about whata scoundrel fisher is. LOSERS.

#21 Comment By whatever On April 23, 2007 @ 8:31 am

A.Dont forget about all the other yidden that have buildings here. You probably dont know about it because no yidden live in them.
B Thanks for putting up a picture of this man my parents tell me to hate. I never saw him before.

#22 Comment By Menashe On April 23, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

whatever wrote:

A.Dont forget about all the other yidden that have buildings here. You probably dont know about it because no yidden live in them.
B Thanks for putting up a picture of this man my parents tell me to hate. I never saw him before.

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Your parents told you to hate?!

Is that where we have come to today?

I am a big fan of fisher and i wish he would continue with the same zeal as he had before some guys got jealous.

He is building a few buildings now (for normal prices..not like……) but he isnt taking over ch like he was doing back then.

If not for fisher i dont know if we would still be living in ch!

At one time he was just buying to have a jewish ch he got houses dirt cheap and gave cost price to whoever wanted, jsut because that is what the rebbe wanted.

He gave buildings to the rebbe for aguch to build stuff, (which the city eventually too them away since they did nothing with it….. )

I really admire the man

#23 Comment By M.Z. On April 23, 2007 @ 1:06 pm

We should all thank rabbi fisher.

btw besides for all his work in chizzuk hashchunah he was a chozer for the rebbe for a few years. he is not just some real estate guy, he is a talmid chochom and very frum yid. he did not eat any meat since gimmel tammuz, i really respect him

#24 Comment By anon On April 23, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

if there were more section 8 buildings available, what makes you think you would get an aprtment there? Are you a fisherist, eg supported his stealing and causing the rebbe so much grief?? related to fisher? To this day you cant get a section 8 apartment unless he likes you or your family

#25 Comment By mekusher On April 23, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

doas anyone actually care that he gave the rebbe so much pain is there something called right and wrong anymore someone like this in any other community would not dare show his face

#26 Comment By wow On April 23, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

he hasnt eaten any meat since gimmel tamuz? he is really a mekushar to the rebbe and he deserves all of our respect. I say that the next time anyone sees him we should all go ver to him and give him the respect he realy deserves.

#27 Comment By anonymous On April 23, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

Attention anon.
That is not true, I know plenty of people who are not family,relatives or friends of Rabbi Fisher’s who get apartments.

#28 Comment By adam On April 23, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

oh after people causing him so much trouble and hating him why should he give you an apartment? and btw even marlow who was one of those who were tricked into being against fisher, had a section 8 apartment from fisher….

he still gives to everyone because he cares

about the whole issue a bunch of years back:

1. the matter was settled recently with the vaad hakohol

2. there are some facts that was not so public

3. the rebbe had agmas nefesh from the whole fight in general… (there is more to the rebbe aspect of this but now is not the time…)

4. fisher was oublic enemy #1, he was gettign too powerfull and peopke were getting scared, so since they painted him enemy #1 everybody felt it a mitzvah to take down fisher…..

#29 Comment By as usual On April 23, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

Why did this have to turn into a fisher bashing forum- everyone with their own opinions – and of course th ejealous ones that dont have section 8 and wish they did ( I do not by the way but do not resent those that do).

I happen to know whos apartment that was an dthey lost everything including children’s clothes , washing machine, dryer, furniture etc so I am sure they would appreciate any help people give.

#30 Comment By as usual On April 23, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

Why did this have to turn into a fisher bashing forum- everyone with their own opinions – and of course th ejealous ones that dont have section 8 and wish they did ( I do not by the way but do not resent those that do).

I happen to know whos apartment that was an dthey lost everything including children’s clothes , washing machine, dryer, furniture etc so I am sure they would appreciate any help people give.

#31 Comment By abc On April 24, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

after reading all your comments all i can say is thank G-d i dont leave in CH. yes is was a jewish apt. thanks to all of you that will help them

#32 Comment By withheld On April 24, 2007 @ 7:51 am

Maybe the Rebbe had alot of aggrevation about this because people wanted a PUBLIC FIGHT over a stupid thing like money.
If the people were so worried about the Rebbes aggrevation why did they have to blow the intire thing up.
Bottom line there were people jealous of FIschers money.So for almost twenty years nothing good has happened in this neighborhood.

#33 Comment By Stop fishing and help On April 24, 2007 @ 8:23 am

The comments started out to help the people in the apartment and it ended up with a Fisher bashing…

If you can and want to help contact the family and help them or your local Rav and he will know how to get the money to the family in need.
They did loose their entire kitchen, pots, dishes, silverware, a washer/dryer maching and clothing.

#34 Comment By positive comments On April 24, 2007 @ 9:32 am

For donations to help the family contact the local chesed organizations like CSSY c/o Benji Stock and Ahavas Chesed c/o Rabbi Avraham Leider and they will know who to give the money to

#35 Comment By ch60 On May 2, 2007 @ 3:39 pm

good job by “CHVP”