4-Alarm Fire Caused by Lightning Displaces Hundreds in Brooklyn

The fire began on the top floor of a six-story building on Rockaway Parkway in Brownsville

Saturday, Jul 5, 2014  |  Updated 6:57 AM EDT
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4-Alarm Fire Caused by Lightning Displaces Hundreds in BK

A four-alarm fire caused by a lightning strike in Brooklyn forced hundreds of residents out of their homes early Friday morning, authorities said.

The fire began after lightning struck the top floor of a six-story building on Rockaway Parkway in Brownsville at around 1 a.m. and quickly spread throughout the building.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries fighting the blaze, which was brought under control just before 2 a.m. No other injuries were reported.

The Red Cross estimated that residents from 60 units were displaced by the fire. Temporary housing was set up at a nearby school.

Friday morning, residents were being  allowed back into their apartments one at a time to gather essential items.

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