23 injured as firefighters battle 6-alarm blaze in Brooklyn

SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — Firefighters battled a large blaze in Sunset Park on Wednesday evening, officials said.

The call for the 44th Street fire came in around 4:40 p.m., an FDNY spokesperson said. There was an explosion about 45 minutes into the fire, which grew to a 6-alarm blaze. It started in an apartment on the 6th floor.

Firefighters were still fighting the flames several hours later. Strong winds spread the fire and made it difficult to put out. There were gusts around 40 mph. The fire was still not totally under control as of 9:20 p.m.

Four civilians and 19 firefighters were injured, officials said. Their injuries are not considered life threatening.

The building was severely damaged and the roof collapsed.

The Red Cross said they have registered 40 families so far, including 77 adults and 13 children. The Red Cross will make sure these people have a place to stay Wednesday night into Thursday.

Firefighters are expected to work through the night.

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