After being consumed by a raging fire in the middle of the night, the New York City Dept. of Buildings has issued an order to vacate the entire building, as parts of it have been deemed to be in danger of collapse.
In a show of true unity and hospitality, many neighbors have opened their homes to accept many of the now homeless residents of the blaze.
Fire marshals are investigating the cause of the fire.
earlier in the day, twenty-two people were hurt — including 11 firefighters — in the four-alarm fire.
The blaze, at 1365 Carroll St., started around 2:30 a.m. on the second floor of the renovated building before spreading, said Deputy Assistant Fire Chief Jack Mooney.
Fire marshals are investigating the cause of the fire. Officials said it might have been set intentionally because it was so fast-moving.
“If we had stayed in there for 20 more seconds, 30 more seconds, our chances for survival would have been very, very low,” said Eli Raskin, whose third-floor apartment was destroyed. “We got out without a scratch.”
Of the 22 people injured, the 11 civilians were treated at the scene. One firefighter was being treated for burns on his neck, another for chest pains, and eight for exhaustion at Kings County Hospital, Mooney said.