RED HOOK, Brooklyn (PIX11) — A raging three-alarm fire broke out Tuesday morning at a Red Hook warehouse that shares an address with an NYPD auto pound, officials said.

The FDNY was battling the blaze at the waterfront facility on Columbia Street, which went up in flames around 10:35 a.m. and sent plumes of thick, black smoke into the air, officials said. The massive response included FDNY boats, footage captured from AIR11 shows.

“This fire is probably going to go on for a few days before we’re fully able to extinguish it,” FDNY Chief of Department John Hodgens said.

At least three firefighters, three EMS members, and two civilians were hurt, according to the FDNY. No other injuries were reported immediately. About 140 firefighters from across 33 units were on scene battling the flames.

The fire was at the NYPD’s Erie Basin Auto Pound, NYPD Chief of Patrol Jeffrey Maddrey said.

Fourteen members of the NYPD work at the building and a number of contractors were working there as well. The contractors spotted the flames and alerted officials. They then left the building.

Fire officials said they were concerned about the potential of a collapse. A section of the building did collapse at one point. The warehouse, a metal building with truss construction, is not very sturdy. Firefighters backed out of the building early on in the operation because of the potential of a collapse.

“We’re shooting water in from the outside from our fire boats,” Hodgens explained.

The building is sealed off, so there are not many access points for the water, according to officials. There’s also a large amount of combustible material inside.

There were motorbikes, e-bikes, biological evidence and vehicles in the warehouse, Maddrey said. Rape kits are not stored at the warehouse. The evidence goes back 20-30 years. Most of what’s kept in the warehouse is evidence. It’s a “very serious and damaging fire,” Maddrey said.

“I would estimate that most of the contents inside are damaged by fire just based on the amount of fire that we know is in there,” Hodgens said.

Distinct from tow pounds, NYPD auto pounds are used to store vehicles seized for reasons other than parking violations, according to the city. Those reasons can include the arrest of the vehicle’s owner, or the vehicle being part of an investigation.

A tweet from New York City’s emergency management system warned of smoke and traffic delays in the area, and encouraged local residents to close their windows.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.