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FDNY Investigates Two Brooklyn Fires That Left 13 Injured

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Six people were hurt Saturday morning after flames break out inside a brownstone in Brooklyn.

It happened just before 10:30 a.m. on Lafayette Avenue in Clinton Hill.

Witnesses say they heard an explosion before the fire.

Authorities say firefighters rescued four people from the upper floors of the building.

"We started to see and smell smoke so then I got dressed went to go out to the hallway and it was completely covered with black smoke. You could see the fire below and I knew I was trapped and started to panic. So then I ran to the window, punched the screen out and started screaming for help. Then the fire truck came and using the cherry picker device they pulled my friend and I out of the window," said Bryan Reitter, a tenant displaced by the fire.

Fire officials say five of the injuries were minor.

A sixth person was being treated for burns.

Meanwhile, another fire inside a Brighton Beach high-rise Saturday left seven people hurt.

Authorities say the fire broke out on the fourth floor of 40 Brighton 1st Road just after 1 p.m.

It took firefighters just over an hour to get the flames under control.

Fire officials say two people suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Five others were treated for minor injuries.

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