WAKEFIELD, The Bronx (PIX11) – FDNY crews responded to a four-alarm fire on Carpenter Avenue Thursday evening.
Flames broke out around 5 p.m. The fire quickly spread to the area between the ceiling of the top floor and the roof, consuming the cockloft. Citizen App video shows flames engulfing the top of the building. Over 100 apartments in the building were potentially affected.
“It’s approximately 200 fire and EMS personnel (on scene),” said John Hodgens, FDNY Chief of Department.
FDNY officials said the flames extended to the adjoining building through the commons space. The fire went to four alarms, and it was all hands on deck for crews.
Three firefighters and one resident suffered minor injuries, including smoke inhalation. The FDNY was asked about residents’ claims that smoke alarms did not go off.
“In a residential building of this type, it’s required that you have smoke detectors in your apartment, but it’s not required that you have common smoke detectors throughout the building,” said Chief Hodgens.
The Red Cross was on the scene assisting displaced families. They set up an emergency response center at P.S. 103, just down the street from the building.