We just received word that there is a fire burning on Guider Avenue and East 12th Street.
Tipster Ian Sellick just sent over this email…
At least a dozen fire trucks, Guider Ave, E 12th closed, residents evacuated. Major incident center set up.
That’s all we have right now and we’re heading over to the scene. Updates to come.
UPDATE: 8:17 PM: Sources tell Sheepshead Bites that a fire broke out in the electrical room in the basement of 2775 East 12th Street at approximately 6:30 pm today. At this time we don’t have confirmation that the fire has been put out or is under control.
Residents first became aware of the fire when lights began to flicker and electric appliances shut down. This was followed by the shut down of cable TV. Residents then noticed that the lighting in the hallways and public areas were off. Then remaining lights in the apartment building shut down in what appeared to an orderly fashion.
One resident told Sheepshead Bites that she was returning from work and was stuck in an elevator for over 20 minutes until she was rescued by fire fighters. No one has been injured in the fire.
The building has been completely evacuated and the American Red Cross has setup an emergency shelter at Bay Academy. Residents may bring pets to the shelter, only if they are in a cage. The Red Cross told residents that they will not be able to re-enter the building tonight.
East 12 Street is closed from the bridge to Neptune Avenue and many surrounding streets are closed to vehicular traffic as well.
2775 East 12th Street is a seven story building with 29 units per floor.
We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.
UPDATE: 8:36 PM: Tipster Ian Sellick just made his on the scene photos available on Flickr. You can check out all of Ian’s photos HERE.
This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.