An overnight Bushwick fire has left 90 people homeless after five apartment buildings were destroyed.
A dozen people were injured in the large blaze on DeKalb Avenue between Knickerbocker and Wilson avenues that broke out around 10:00 p.m., the New York Daily News reported.
More than 200 firefighters fought the blaze for more than three hours before they had it under control, Pix11 reported, adding that officials were finding pockets of fire in some areas after the larger blaze had been extinguished.
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“I hate to say it’s a typical fire for this area, but certainly over the years there’s been many fires like this, and unfortunately they do spread quickly and cause quite a bit of homelessness,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro was quoted by the Daily News.
In all, 90 people were left homeless and a dozen were injured, with four of those hospitalized, the Daily News added.
On the street level of the block, both a church and karate school were destroyed in the fire, which authorities said was not made worse by wind conditions, according to Pix11.
“The flames traveled across the rooftops, spreading from one building to another,” resident Jonathan Rondon was quoted by the Daily News. “If my neighbors hadn’t been screaming, we would have never got out.”
Authorities were working on Wednesday morning to determine what caused the fire, the Daily News stated.