Twenty-three people — including 19 firefighters — suffered non-life threatening injuries after a fire tore through an apartment building in Brooklyn, the FDNY said.
The six-alarm fire broke out on the top floor of a six-story building at the corner of 44th Street and Seventh Avenue in Sunset Park on Wednesday afternoon, according to the department.
Firefighters arriving at the scene found an "advanced" fire burning on the top floor, FDNY Chief of Department John Sudnik said at a press conference Wednesday evening.
Wind gusts fanning the flames eventually forced the firefighters to retreat from the top floor, Sudnik said. Four civilians and 19 firefighters suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Sudnik. Seven of those firefighters were treated for burn injuries, he said.
The building, which houses 54 apartment units, is now "severely damaged," Sudnik said, noting that the entire roof collapsed onto the top floor.