A fast-moving fire ripped through several row houses in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn last night, injuring seven firefighters and two civilians. The six alarm blaze, which started around 6:30 p.m., completely destroyed three homes and severely damaged two other buildings on Arlington Avenue, as well as a nearby church. Here's harrowing video from the scene.
Over 200 firefighters responded to the blaze, and managed to stop it from spreading into a Presbyterian church on the corner of Arlington Avenue and Elton Street. An FDNY spokesman said the church sustained damage to a stained glass window, but there was no interior damage. The fire was finally brought under control shortly before midnight.
One civilian is listed in serious but stable condition, while the other civilian sustained minor injuries. All the firefighters' injuries were minor, according to the spokesman.
The fire started in a three-story private dwelling at 270 Arlington Avenue, and quickly spread to the neighboring houses, which were similar three-story buildings.
"We experienced a heavy, heavy fire," FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard told reporters. "Three of the buildings are totally destroyed. They're all wood-frame buildings. They're very tight together, a large body of fire, the fire extends rapidly in these types of buildings. We think the fire started in the garage in the rear, but that's under investigation."
"I was in the hair salon, and they called me and told me my house was on fire," one resident told ABC 7. "My blood pressure went up. All my family members got out. I live on the top floor alone, and everything I had was destroyed."
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
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