BROOKLYN, NY—New York City Council Member Farah N. Louis released the following statement after a fire erupted earlier this week at 1776 Nostrand Avenue in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. The fire, which was caused by a space heater that was plugged into a power strip and deemed accidental by the Fire Department, resulted in the death of 70-year-old Jean Lalanne, and injured seven others, including one police officer.

“On behalf of the 45th Council District, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Jean Lalanne for their loss and pray for the speedy recovery of all those injured by Monday’s devastating fire,” said Council Member Farah N. Louis.

“As a community, we stand with the family and friends of Jean Lalanne during this difficult time to provide support and the necessary resources that will help ease their pain and recovery. Let us continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

“I would like to thank the first responders, as well as the city agencies who were on-site to provide emergency services to the families and small business owners who were affected by the fire.”