The 7-alarm fire that started in a Williamsburg storage facility early Saturday morning continues to burn days later, despite firefighters' best efforts.
No one was harmed in the fire, but many important documents were ruined—the Citistorage warehouse near the waterfront at North 11th St and Kent Ave housed many records from city and hospital agencies. Health insurance forms with social security numbers and medical records including copies of checks bearing bank account numbers now lie scattered along the shore, the New York Times reports. The many papers within the building that act as continuous fuel for the fire combined with the extreme cold made for a very difficult situation for the hundreds of firefights and marine boats called to the scene. The fire is expected to continue to smolder for some time.
The cause of the fire has not yet been pinpointed, but it's worth mentioning the land the charred skeleton of the warehouse now sits on is worth $100 million, Gothamist reports.
Pictures of the roaring fire from the Williamsburg Bridge and Manhattan waterfront, as well as photos of the feet of water and frozen solid cars left over from hundreds of gallons of water used to fight the fire, popped up all over Instagram this weekend. See the aftermath of the carnage below: