A fire broke out in a Bronx home last night around 9:20 p.m. and quickly spread to neighboring homes, becoming a four-alarm blaze. Ultimately, it took over 200 firefighters and three hours to put out the fire on Findlay Avenue in the Claremont section. Now 45 people (and one cat) are left homeless.

Fire Chief Tom Wilkinson told WCBS 2, "It's a class-4 construction, which is a wood frame. And what happens is the fire mushrooms and then spreads horizontally to the other buildings." And WABC 7 reports, "The area where the fire started, was cited a year ago as being an illegal conversion." Two weeks ago, a fire in an illegal Queens apartment killed three people; the apartment also did not have working smoke detectors.

One person was hospitalized and four firefighters were treated for minor injuries.