Greenpoint Fire Rages Along East River

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A blaze broke out in a vacant waterfront warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn early this morning. About 170 firefighters headed to the scene from as far away as Flatbush and the Bronx, fighting what became an eight-alarm fire.

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta told NBC News that is was the “largest fire in the city in more than a decade, excluding the World Trade Center attack, and said the cause was suspicious.”

No word yet on how the fire started, but the building is believed to be empty. However, Curbed has renderings of condos that were to be developed nearby.

—Nicole Brydson

More photos after the jump.

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The warehouse is located on two blocks along West Street. Deteriorating shaftways connect the buildings over Oak Street and likely led to the fire spreading across the street.

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Fire fighters fight the blaze against strong winds off the East River at about 8am.

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Fire fighters look on at about 10am.

—Nicole Brydson