Officials: Fire damage to public records at Brooklyn warehouse less than feared


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NEW YORK — Officials say damage to 2 New York City agencies' public records from a huge warehouse fire is expected to be less than initially feared.

Hundreds of firefighters battled the 7-alarm fire that started Saturday morning in Brooklyn and smoldered for days.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation but officials don't suspect arson at this point.

The New York Times ( ) says the health department and the Administration for Children's Services stored records at the CitiStorage warehouse.

City officials say they are still assessing the damage. But the health department says the impact on patients will be minimal because the information was switched to electronic records years ago.

The agency says residents in the area didn't need to fear any lingering health hazards from the smoke and fire.

Information from: The New York Times,

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