Authorities are investigating a three-alarm fire that engulfed a row of stores in Brooklyn early Tuesday, seriously damaging seven businesses and sending three firefighters to the hospital.
Nearly 150 firefighters responded after the blaze erupted shortly before midnight in Borough Park, the FDNY says. Visible flames were knocked down about an hour later, but the department said the blaze continued raging inside the walls for some time.
Several of the businesses had their front glass blown out; shattered windows and charred debris littered the street Tuesday morning.
Three firefighters were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and are expected to be OK.
The owner of a pharmacy destroyed in the blaze told NBC 4 New York by the time he arrived at the scorched scene, not much was left of his store. He had bought it from the original owners two years ago and said it had served the community for 60 years.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Investigators are looking into whether it may have started in a dry cleaning store.
The dry cleaning store, along with the pharmacy, a mobile phone store, restaurant and liquor store were among the businesses destroyed.
Published at 6:41 AM EDT on Jun 11, 2013 | Updated at 12:52 PM EDT on Jun 11, 2013