BROOKLYN, NY – NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. (D-36) released the following statement in response to news of a five-alarm fire at 376 Vernon Avenue in Brooklyn this morning:

“Early this morning, just before 4 a.m., the FDNY responded to a five-alarm fire at a commercial building on Vernon Avenue in my district. Thankfully, as of 11 a.m., the fire was under control and no injuries or fatalities had been reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation per FDNY Fire Marshals. My office remains in contact with the NYC Office of Emergency Management and FDNY Community Affairs.

“I would like to extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation to the 175-plus firefighters who braved the severe cold to ensure this fire did not spread. We are truly lucky to have the finest fire department in the world there to keep us safe when tragedy strikes, no matter the obstacles they have to face.”