Twenty three people were injured after a fire tore through an apartment building in Brooklyn late Wednesday afternoon, the FDNY said.
The fire began on the sixth floor of an apartment building in Sunset Park shortly before 5 p.m.
The situation escalated further due to severe wind conditions, including gusts up to 40 mph. The fire reach 6-alarms shortly after 9 p.m. and firefighters were pulled out of the building.
According to the FDNY, 19 firefighters and four civilians suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
“We pulled all Firefighters out for safety reasons and operated with exterior tower ladders, it is now a total exterior operation,” FDNY Chief of Department John Sudnik wrote in a post on the department’s official Twitter page.
A total of 250 firefighters responded to the blaze, which Sudnik called “doubtful” late Wednesday evening. The FDNY notes that there were 54 units in the apartment building and the entire roof had collapsed onto the top floor.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.