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Residents want better response to industrial fires

A petition is calling for better emergency response from the city. Getty Images

North Brooklyn residents are calling for a more “robust” response from the city for massive fires such as the one that tore through the CitiStorage warehouse in Williamsburg last weekend.

According to a petition started by Emily Gallagher on the website Change.org, it took the city more than 15 hours to issue a public health advisory.

“Residents downwind have been complaining about foul odors, sore throats, headaches, and even the insides of their homes reeking of smoke,” the petition reads.

The seven-alarm fire is expected to smoulder through the end of the week, and scattered charred documents from city agencies and private corporations continue to be found throughout the neighborhood.

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The petition calls for an emergency air plan and investigation of other recent industrial fires.

As of Tuesday evening nearly 120 people had signed the petition.

 
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