Children Among More Than Two Dozen Homeless After Raging Fire Tears Through Brooklyn Buildings: Officials

A three-alarm fire ripped through three buildings in Brooklyn Wednesday morning, causing a partial collapse in one of them and leaving more than two dozen people, including children, homeless, authorities said.

Nearly 140 firefighters battled the blaze on St. Marks Avenue in Crown Heights for about an hour and a half before it was deemed under control shortly before 1 p.m.

The fire started in a third-floor apartment in one of several row houses on the street and spread, authorities said. Chopper 4 footage showed smoke emitting from the buildings; flames were seen leaping from the roof of at least one of the structures.

No injuries were reported, but the Red Cross said it was assisting 29 people -- 20 adults and nine children -- displaced by the fire.  

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