An East 21st Street home was nearly reduced to ashes after suffering a massive fire Saturday evening that also damaged neighbors’ properties.

The blaze ripped through the home at 1926 East 21st Street (near Avenue R) at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Reader Randy Contello arrived on the scene just as firefighters put out the final smoldering bits of debris and spoke to friends on the scene. He shot the photos above and below on the previous day to chronicle the damage.

Here’s what Contello reported back to Sheepshead Bites:

The damage was impressive; people on the block told me that the heat could be felt across the street. Friends said they saw smoke as far away as Kelly Park on East 15th Street.

I got there after the fire was out last night, but I counted 11 firetrucks at least. I didn’t go on to Avenue R to count, but it was a massive fire.

One of the photos is of the house next door, with a piece of the house that had the fire embedded into it. I’m thinking it might have been an explosion; firetrucks are still at the house today [Sunday], with the street blocked off from traffic.

We have not yet heard if there were any injuries in relation to this fire.

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  • Anonymous

    I hope that insurance pays for all the damages and expenses, and that no one was hurt. 

    • Sweetiev821

      This man doesn’t deserve insurance money doors and windows were left open for months and it was more then a fire there was drugs and prostitution the day before people were seen smoking inside the house

      • Anonymous

        Can you prove this?

        No?

        then Stfu.

        • Sweetiev821

          i live on the block so shut your mouth i see them with my own eyes. these kids make alot of trouble. police have been investigating for 3 days now.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

            Were the current occupants squatters?

            If they were engaged in illegal activity why would they be doing so with open doors and windows?

          • Sweetiev821

            Doors and windows cud be locked from the inside what kind of question is that

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

            My question was answered by Rester.

        • Rester

          this house has been abandoned for more then 3 months everything was left open like it was a public place very irresponsible.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

            Bingo. People were coming and going. They didn’t lock the doors to avoid suspicion. i’m sure only the busybodies on the block knew that people were in there.

  • Dvdmann999

    i live next door. this house was not abondoned, the owner was waiting for his building permits.
    but in the meantime, the house was not boarded up properly which led to kids “partying” in there.
    reporting this to the cops did not stop anything.
    i must assume the owner did not care as well.
    it is us, the neighbors, that have to suffer thru this.

    • Ming

      because he didn’t board it or be cautious from the neighbors telling him that people were going in and out is his responsibility people told him continuously to close his windows and doors but he did not listen. 

    • AABAA

      INS FRAUD

  • nolastname

    I just passed by and noticed the house next door is being excavated. It also looks like a house beyond that was damaged from projectiles. Three containers being filled from the house under construction.

  • Neighbor21

    Every single one of you should be ashamed of yourselves for your comments.
    I am a neighbor myself and pity the owner for such a horrible tragedy. i am ashamed to know i have such disgruntled neighbors…
    God bless your souls… and may god forgive you for judging and wishing the worst among others.

    • Ming

      nice to know a neighbor likes drugs and prostitution on his block if you have kids I’m sure u wudnt want them witnessing that. nobody is wishing the worst people are concerned for there safety and the owner put many people at risk so i don’t see what is there to be ashamed of. how can you pity someone who put innocent people at risk. the house was not boarded up and i have seen cameras asking neighbors what they think and all of them were very upset for the fact that this owner had no responsibility 

      • Neighbor21

        Why didn’t you call the cops?

  • Neighbor21

    Every single one of you should be ashamed of yourselves for your comments.
    I am a neighbor myself and pity the owner for such a horrible tragedy. i am ashamed to know i have such disgruntled neighbors…
    God bless your souls… and may god forgive you for judging and wishing the worst among others.

  • ABAAA

    INSURANCE FRAUDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD