A six-story residential building in Brooklyn suffered heavy damage from a fire on Saturday night. The blaze forced residents of about 70 apartments to seek shelter elsewhere, and nearly two dozen people suffered injuries, none of them life-threatening, officials said.
The fire, at a brick apartment building at 346 East 29th Street in Flatbush, was reported about 6:40 p.m. Four hours later, more than 200 firefighters still struggled to bring the flames under control.
High winds, with gusts exceeding 40 miles per hour, hampered efforts to fight the blaze, a Fire Department spokesman said. The cause of the fire, which was believed to have started on the fourth floor, was not yet known.
The building’s roof was destroyed, and parts of the upper stories had partially collapsed, an official said. About 20 apartments were destroyed, he said, adding that a shelter has been set up at Public School 361 nearby.
Three civilians and 20 firefighters were treated for minor injuries, including at least four firefighters who were taken to a hospital.