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At least 21 injured at Kings Plaza fire in Brooklyn: FDNY - Metro US

At least 21 injured at Kings Plaza fire in Brooklyn: FDNY

At least 21 people, including 18 firefighters, sustained injuries during a Kings Plaza fire on Monday morning, FDNY officials said.

Several vehicles caught fire in the Brooklyn mall’s parking garage at 5100 Kings Plaza, sending thick, black plumes of smoke up into the sky around 8:30 a.m., FDNY officials said.

The Kings Plaza fire began on the second floor of the garage before spreading to the third floor. The blaze was contained to the parking garage and did not affect the mall itself, which has more than 120 stores, officials said.

Due to the blaze and smoke conditions, the shopping complex is currently closed, and NYC Emergency Management is urging New Yorkers to avoid the area.

“Expect smoke and traffic delays in the area. People nearby avoid smoke, close windows,” the department tweeted.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said that three civilians and 18 firefighters sustained non-life-threatening injuries, including “various levels” of heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation due to the Kings Plaza fire.

Three civilians and 18 firefighters were injured during the 7-alarm Kings Plaza fire after several cars went ablaze in the mall’s parking garage. (Twitter/FDNY)

According to the FDNY Twitter account, more than 50 department units and more than 200 firefighters were battling the seven-alarm blaze.

Nigro said that the fire was “virtually extinguished” as of 11 a.m. and there were “perhaps as many as 120” vehicles in the parking garage, but it is not yet know how many have been burned in the blaze.

The cause of the Kings Plaza fire has not yet been determined. 

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