FORDHAM HEIGHTS, Bronx – At least nine people are hurt, including six firefighters and dozens were displaced following a huge fire that tore through multiple buildings in the Bronx.
The New York City Fire Department responded to a fire at 2006 Valentine Ave about 10:42 p.m. Thursday. It later escalated to a 6-alarm fire about 2:27 a.m. Friday and spread to ten neighboring homes. Fire officials have the blaze under control.
Officials said six firefighters and three civilians were treated for minor injuries.
Eighty-nine people – 74 adults and 15 children – were displaced as a result of the blaze, according to the FDNY.
"I was in the bedroom sleeping, then I heard a bunch of noise and racket," Thomas Williams, whose home burned down said. "I thought it was neighbors arguing but then I saw a fireman telling me to get out."
By mid-afternoon FDNY investigators began to probe what may have ignited the fire. These particular homes, some of them in the midst of rehabbing went up quickly as a result of construction. A few neighboring brick homes were able to withstand the heat.
Meanwhile a Con-Ed crew was also on the scene working to ensure that everything was shut down.
Sonny Yasin watched the crew in action from a few yards away. He is a homeowner whose property sustained damage. Shocking to him, was how far up the block the fire spread, "I never expect it."
The FDNY tells PIX11 News they plan to have crews at the scene for at least 24 hours to ensure that the fire does not reignite.