De Blasio Tours Site of Still-Smoldering Williamsburg Fire

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday tours the site of the massive Williamsburg fire. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday tours the site of the massive Williamsburg fire. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office)

With the massive fire at a Williamsburg warehouse still smoldering six days on, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday toured the site to thank firefighters for their work, which was complicated by freezing temperatures.

“I know this is truly, the few, the proud, the brave. This is not easy stuff, and I really admire the fortitude,” he told gathered firefighters.

The seven-alarm fire at CityStorage, which housed paper records for several city agencies including the Health Department, ignited Saturday.

De Blasio stood in front of the charred remains of a building with the whole front side ripped off. Next to that was a smaller building completely encased in ice.

No one died and the cause remains under investigation, said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. He added that the cold weather has made it difficult for the fire department.

“Unless you’re a polar bear this kind of weather is difficult,” Nigro said. “The thing I don’t miss from my days in uniform was being simultaneously cold and wet.”