Massive fire breaks out at NYPD repossession facility in Red Hook, Brooklyn

RED HOOK, Brooklyn (WABC) — A massive fire broke out at an NYPD warehouse in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning.

The fire appears to have started at a warehouse on Columbia Street in Red Hook, which is part of the Erie Basin Marine Pound.

As crews use drones and boats to put out the fire, officials say it’s possible it could burn for days before it’s fully extinguished.

FDNY officials said at least eight people were injured, but all were believed to have minor injuries. Among them were three firefighters, three rescue workers and two civilians.

The extent of the damage to the warehouse is not yet known, but as soon as it is certain, investigators will determine the cause of the fire and assess the extent of the damage.

NYPD officials said the evidence kept in the warehouse dates back years, but the extent of what was destroyed is not yet known.

“What’s especially preserved here is that we have a lot of biological evidence here, we also have some e-bikes, automobiles and we also have some historic vehicles,” NYPD Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said.

The building is one of five warehouses where the NYPD stores impounded vehicles. They also use the camp to store evidence that is too large to fit in normal storage areas.

Some of the vehicles stored at the warehouse are ATVs and electric bikes, but the NYPD is taking extra precautions to remove the ion-lithium batteries so they don’t catch fire. The NYPD previously hosted a 2016 demolition of ATVs and dirt bikes at this location.

There are also thousands of NYPD vehicles parked on the connecting pier.

33 firefighting units were on site, 140 firefighters fought the flames.

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