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4 alarm fire displaces six families, injures eight

The Red Cross invited all those affected by the fire to meet with caseworkers for long-term assistance.
Seven firefighters and one other were injured in the blaze.Jim Velez

A four-alarm fire in the Bronx destroyed two homes, injured eight people and displaced six familieson Tuesday.

A spokesman for the FDNY said the call came in at 11:15 a.m. triggering a large-scale response— 40 units and about 170 firefighters were on the scene.

The fire, the cause of which is under investigation, started in the rear of 2854 Briggs Ave., a two-and-a-half story private residence, and spread to the adjoining home, according to the FDNY.

The fire was under control by 1:18 p.m. Seven firefighters and one civilian were treated at local hospitals for minor injuries, an FDNY spokesman said.


The Red Cross reported 15 adults and six children were displaced. Four of the families have accepted the Red Cross' offer for emergency housing.

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