On Tuesday night, March 29th, 12 individuals were injured in a fire in New York City. Four of the victims were transported to the hospital with one suffering severe injuries. The other victims were treated on location for minor injuries, including smoke inhalation.
The NY Daily News reports that the fire started at 10:00 p.m. on a building rooftop on Dekalb Avenue, between Knickerbocker Avenue and Wilson Avenue. The fire spread to four other rooftops. Two early responding police officers were able to help families living in the building escape fairly quickly. Shortly after, the responding firefighters searched every floor of the building where the fire initiated to make sure there were no more potential victims. A resident informed the Daily News that his smoke alarm never went off and that he was only alerted of the fire by the screams from other building residents.
According to Daniel Nigro, the FDNY commissioner, the fire started when an extension built behind one of the buildings partially collapsed, triggering the fire to quickly spread over four other nearby buildings. Not more than two hours later, the front facades of one of the burning buildings had collapsed. Several apartments in the line of fire were damaged, leaving 90 people homeless.
Additional investigation is necessary to determine the exact cause of the fire.
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