Dozens displaced after lightning strike sparks fire in Brooklyn apartment building

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) -- 50 Brooklyn residents spent the evening in a shelter set up inside Middle School 366 after a four alarm fire gutted part of their building at 214 Rockaway Parkway.

Maurice Mondesire was among the displaced. He told PIX11, "It just seems like everybody is just tired. We just want to be someplace. We want to know what's going to happen, we want to know what the next few days are going to look like."

Several units on the top two floors of the building were destroyed, others only sustained smoke and water damage. Many tenants will be able to return to their homes after inspections are complete.

American Red Cross volunteer Garfield Richards explained, "Right now were looking forward to getting them back into their apartments. They are actually checking the apartments to make sure these apartments are secure."

According to the FDNY, the flames were sparked by a strong lightning bolt during overnight storms.

No residents were hurt but three firefighters walked away with minor injuries.

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