Fire Destroys 3 Multi-Family Houses in Brooklyn

Fire destroyed three large houses in Brooklyn Sunday evening, leaving as many a nine families homeless, FDNY officials said.

The fast-spreading fire burned parts of three other buildings in the cluster of structures on Arlington Avenue in the Cypress Hills neighborhood.

Roughly 250 firefighters attacked the 5-alarm blaze, which began at about 6:20 p.m., possibly in a garage attached to one of the houses.

The three destroyed houses are adjacent to the 1906 Presbyterian Church of the Crossroads, which also was damaged.

Four firefighters sustained minor injuries. One other person was treated from minor smoke inhalation.

The Red Cross was at the scene to help the displaced families.

FDNY investigators were attempting to determine what ignited the fire.

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