FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (PIX11) -- Early Wednesday morning, flames ripped through the upstairs apartments and a church on the ground floor of a building on Flatbush Avenue and Faragut Road in Brooklyn.
One man was killed and more than a dozen injured, six of which are in critical condition.
A burnt out mattress, soggy clothes, and personal possessions lined the sidewalk.
The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. Witnesses say elderly people and small children were running for their lives in the frigid temperatures, with only the clothes on their backs.
City records show the building was illegally subdivided and has an open violations. Sources say extra partitions were added to create more rooms, a dangerous fire hazard.
Witnesses say the building also lacked smoke detectors. The Red Cross is providing emergency housing and emotional support.
Meanwhile, fire marshals are investigating what caused the fire.