Dozens of Residents Displaced by Massive Fire in Brooklyn

CBS 2 – March 31, 2016

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Dozens of residents have been displaced by a massive fire that spread to four residential buildings in Brooklyn.

Early Wednesday morning, crews were still putting out hot spots and keeping a close watch on the smoldering structures on DeKalb Avenue in Bushwick.

“There is a lot of debris back there, some of that rear wall has fallen,” FDNY Chief Michael Golini told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell. “So we have a pile of debris that we’re just worried about stirring up and starting another fire.”

The blaze broke out around 10 p.m. Tuesday in a 3-story row house and quickly spread. Video from the scene showed heavy flames shooting from the buildings as hundreds firefighters battled the blaze.

“The winds had died down considerably from the previous day, but they still make it challenge for us in these conditions,” Golini said.

More than three hours later, firefighters were able to get the fire under control around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Officials said 11 civilians suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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