A fire broke out at a home in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon, causing the roof of the two-story building to collapse, firefighters said.
No one was home and no one was injured in the fire on Essex Street in East New York, said Deputy Assistant Chief Joseph Jardin.
Firefighters had to force their way through a locked gate only to find significant clutter throughout the entire building, Jardin said.
The clutter forced them to fight the fire from outside the building, he said.
About 140 firefighters responded to the blaze, Jardin said.
The fire marshall will investigate the cause.