Brooklyn fire destroys homes, kills beloved Bushwick birds
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Brooklyn fire destroys homes, kills beloved Bushwick birds

The raging Brooklyn blaze that left a dozen people injured Tuesday also killed about 200 pigeons who lived in two coops atop one of the burning buildings, officials said.

Neighbors tweeted out the loss of the birds Wednesday morning.

"RIP #bushwick pigeons," tweeted one neighbor, who uses the handle @4Rilla. "Watching you guys fly was a neighborhood joy."

The FDNY confirmed that the two coops burned in the blaze that broke out around 10 p.m. on DeKalb Ave. between Knickerbocker and Wilson Aves. in Bushwick, officials said.

It took more than 200 firefighters to stop the massive blaze, which spread to four adjoining homes before it was brought under control by 1:30 a.m.

Several victims of the 1423 Dekalb Ave. blaze were brought down by rescue ladder.

Seven people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and other minor injuries, officials said.

Four others — including one seriously injured resident and a firefighter — were taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center for treatment.

Bushwick residents watch the blaze, which took more than 200 firefighters to combat. Others mourned the local pigeons, which one Twitter user called "a neighborhood joy."

The Red Cross was called in to find shelter for 19 families who lost their homes in the fire, an agency spokesman said.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the fire spread quickly because an extension built in the back of one building partially collapsed.

“I hate to say it’s a typical fire for this area, but certainly over the years there’s been many fires like this,” Nigro said. “Unfortunately they do spread quickly and cause quite a bit of homelessness.”

ttracy@nydailynews.com

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