Fire damages Brooklyn City Council hopeful's campaign HQ



A two-alarm blaze burned the campaign headquarters of a Brooklyn City Council hopeful Sunday night.


The fire, which started at 9 p.m., tore through the storefront headquarters of Alicka Samuel on Belmont Ave. by Osborn St. in Brownsville,


Samuel, 41, is vying for the Democratic nomination for the 41st council district in Brownsville.


“I’m really bummed about it. We just opened it two weeks ago and to be called and told this happened, it’s just really unfortunate,” Samuel said.


Samuel was attending a Father’s Day celebration when the phone calls started pouring in, she said.


The fire spread to two alarms by 9:15 p.m., until firefighters brought the blaze under control at 9:50 p.m., an FDNY spokesman said.


The blaze also damaged an adjacent thrift shop.

The fire started around 9:09 PM, tearing through the storefront.

The fire started around 9:09 PM, tearing through the storefront.

(Alicka Samuel)

City Council candidate Alicka Samuel offices were located on the same building.

City Council candidate Alicka Samuel offices were located on the same building.

(Alicka Samuel)


One firefighter suffered minor injuries.


The cause of the fire is under investigation, though authorities have found no indication it was suspicious, the FDNY spokesman said.


Samuel said she believes the bulk of the damage was caused by smoke and water.


“It’s giving me that energy, that push, to go out and work even harder,” Samuel said, adding that she plans to rebuild, and members of her community have offered to help.


“The campaign office might not be in working condition right now, but we definitely are,” she said. “I’m not intimidated by this. Things happen and campaigns get hard. It’s not going to stop us. “

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