More than a dozen people were injured when a massive fire ripped through multiple homes early Thursday morning in Brooklyn.
The four-alarm fire started around 4 a.m. on East 17th Street near Avenue O in Midwood. Flames quickly spread from one house to two others on either side. All three roofs partially collapsed.
Nine civilians, including a 6-week old, were taken to the hospital in stable condition. Three firefighters and two police officers were also injured.
“I saw the three houses on fire,” a neighbor told PIX11. He said a family with six children lives in the home where the fire started and that he saw they got out safely. “Everybody went out from the back. They couldn’t get out from the front because the fire took from the front door,” he said.
Surveillance footage obtained by PIX11 from a neighboring home shows what appears to be the moment the fire started:
In the surveillance video it appears a sudden explosion might have sparked the fire, and you can see what appears to be a person running away from the flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Police believe it could be suspicious.