Row house fire in Brooklyn killed hundreds of homing pigeons


NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of trained homing pigeons were among the victims of a roaring fire that destroyed five residential buildings in Brooklyn.

Residents and officials tell the New York Post (http://nyp.st/1Y11pSY ) that the pigeons were killed as the fire raged through the row houses in Bushwick on Tuesday night.

Gil Areiliares kept at least 500 pigeons atop one of burnt DeKalb Avenue buildings. Only about 20 pigeons survived.

He told the Post he was heartbroken over the loss. He had maintained a coop atop the building for more than 20 years.

Eleven people sustained non-life threatening injuries.

It began about 10 p.m. Tuesday on the first floor of a three-story row house and quickly spread to the other buildings.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com