3 Firefighters, 2 Cops Injured in Bronx Fire

The fire started on the top floor of a three-story building on Jackson Avenue

Sunday, Dec 16, 2012  |  Updated 4:32 PM EDT
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3 Firefighters, 2 Cops Injured in Bronx Fire

A four-alarm fire that engulfed two buildings in the Bronx Sunday, displaced seven families and left two police officers and three firefighters injured, officials said.

The fire started on the top floor of a three-story building on Jackson Avenue at a approximately 10:45 a.m., and quickly spread to the roof and then to an adjoining building, said FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Jack Mooney.

Police and firefighters evacuated the buildings and battled the blaze from the street, fearing the aging buildings might collapse.

"These buildings are over 100 years old," Mooney said. "Because of the age of the building and the amount of fire that was in it, we pulled all of the fire companies out of the building and attacked it from outside."

The American Red Cross said they were assisting seven families displaced by the fire.

Two police officers and three firefighters were taken to Lincoln Hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.

Officials believed all of the residents inside the buildings escaped unharmed.

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