A fire overtook part of a three-story residential building in Brooklyn on Sunday, forcing one person to jump from a window onto a nearby roof and sending at least one more to the hospital with serious injuries, officials and witnesses said.
Jean Williams said he left all his belongings behind and jumped from a window in his top-floor apartment onto the roof of an adjacent building.
“I feel lucky to be alive," he said. "It was so fast, you know? It was so fast. It happened so quick.”
Williams received only a minor scratch to his hand in the ordeal, he said.
At least one more person was taken from the scene with serious injuries, according to the Fire Department. That person was brought to the hospital, and authorities didn't immediately release further information on the person's condition.
Fire officials were called to the scene on Eastern Parkway in Brownsville at around 11:30 a.m., and they had the blaze under control about an hour later, according to the FDNY.
Nine people in total were injured, including six firefighters who sustained minor injuries. A 25-year-old man with burns was taken to Brookdale Hospital, along with a 5-month-old who was taken as a precautionary measure. No one is in serious condition.
An investigation is ongoing by the fire marshal to determine the cause of the fire.