May 02, 2006 - 10 Alarms were transmitted for a fire in the vacant Greenpoint Terminal market buildings located at West and Noble Streets. The terminal consisted of 5 story heavy timber inter-connected factories and warehouses. I awoke at 6:00 am in the morning and began to get ready for work. I was having my coffee and watching the news. The top story was about a warehouse fire in Brooklyn at the Greenpoint Terminal. The fire was currently at 4 alarms. A news chopper was hovering over the scene of the fire. There was a moderate smoke condition coming from the center of the buildings. I knew the buildings well. In the 1980's I responded to a 3rd alarm in one of the buildings. Knowing the structures involved, I quickly got dressed, grabbed my photo equipment and ran out the door to my car. I responded from Suffolk County Long Island. As I was driving on the LIE towards the fire the 5th Alarm was transmitted. It took me about 45 minutes to get to the scene. I parked on Kent ave, grabbed my gear and walked to the scene. i first passed by the rear of the fire buildings on West and Noble Streets. In the middle of the block one of the buildings had fire showing from a bunch of windows. The fire was not blowing out of these windows, you could see the fire inside the building. I then went back to West street and walked along the West Street side of the buildings. When I got close to the front of the buildings the front of the fire buildings had flames blowing out the front of the buildings closest to the East River. I walked into the parking lot in front of the building. WOW! What a sight! The fire was spectacular. I could feel the radiant heat. Tower Ladders were setting up. The heavy timber construction and the fire load would be impossible to put out. These buildings were doomed. No fire department in the world would be able to save these buildings. The flames spread from inter-connected building to building. Apparatus had to be repositioned and a collapse zone was set up. The following images show how big and spectacular this fire was. The FDNY needed 10 Alarms to contain the fire and protect other buildings in the area.

Heavy smoke can be seen from all over the city. I am responding down Greenpoint ave towards the fire. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

The view from the Greenpoint Ave Bridge. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Fire is burning in the middle part of the building in the rear. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Tower Ladder 146 is setting up on the rear of the building and to protect exposure number 3. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

The Chief of the 45 Battalion is reporting conditions to the Command Post. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

This is the front of the fire buildings. Photo taken on May 02, 2006.

WOW! Heavy fire blowing out and through the roof of the fire buildings . Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Tower ladder are set up and in operation. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Radiant heat and autoexposure are spreading the fire throughout the complex. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

A collapse zone has been set up and apparatus are being repositioned. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Chief of Operations Cassano and Battalion Chief Harten discuss stragedy. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Fire conditions worsen as the fire spreads. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Tower ladders are moving out of the collapse zone. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Heavy fire showing . Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Photo taken on May 02, 2006

The building on the far left has fire through the roof. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Satellite 6 is in operation wetting down the area. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

A massive conflagration. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

The attached building on the right is in danger. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

falling burning debris and radiant heat set these vehicles on fire. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

I am standing behind Satellite 6, I am getting a suntan. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

This building, that is near the East River, is fully involved in fire. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

The building on the right is starting to go. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Smoke is now pushing out of the exposure. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Fire is showing in the exposed building on West Street. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Tower Ladder 9 is in operation on the West street side of the complex. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

The exposure is fully involved. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Two Tower Ladders are making little headway. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Heavy fire through the roof. Photo taken on Photo taken on May 02, 2006

A collapse zone has been set up. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

You can see the floors in the building are failing. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Photo taken on May 02, 2006

A part of the building just fell. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

The building is collapsing on the West Street side. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

COLLAPSE! Photo taken on May 02, 2006

COLLAPSING! Photo taken on May 02, 2006

COLLAPSE!. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

COLLAPSED!. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Now, Tower ladders can hit the seat of the fire. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

3 Tower ladders in operation on this side of the building. More are being set up. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Still have a heavy smoke condition. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Four Tower Ladders are in operation at the West Street side of the building. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Incredible smoke conditions remain. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Five Tower ladders are now in operation. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Photo taken on May 02, 2006

The view of a collapsed building on West and Noble streets. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Tower ladder 146 in operation. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Three Marine companies were used on the East River side of the buildings. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

The Fireboat Kevin Kane in operation. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

The fireboat Firefighter in operation. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

A firefighter with minor injuries is being taken to an ambulance. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

This handline is operating from the exposure 3 building. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

All that's left is a burned out shell . Photo taken on May 02, 2006

The collapsed buildings. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

The view from the roof of exposure number 3, looking towards the East River. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

A bridge to nowhere between buildings. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Demolition by fire. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

A firefighter is surveying the scene. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

Tower Ladders 146 and 163 are hitting hot spots. Photo taken on May 02, 2006

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