UPDATE (10:17 a.m.): The fire has been deemed “suspicious” by the fire department. NY1 reports:
At one point, firefighters were ordered out of the building as flames filled the entire structure, causing the roof to collapse.
Fire officials say due to the intensity of the fire and time it took to put out the flames they are deeming the fire suspicious.
“Heavy on arrival building was all locked up in the early morning hours. So these are all indicators of a possible incendiary fire. Fire marshals are here and will do their investigation and talk to the owner,” said FDNY Assistant Chief Ronald Spadafora.
A fire swept through a one-story commercial building in Gravesend early this morning, leaving at least one hospitalized.
Firefighters responded to a call to 1716 West 6th Street, just off Kings Highway, at around 4:30 a.m. At first just a two-alarm fire, approximately 150 FDNY responders battled the blaze for more than an hour as it spread to four alarms.
The cause of the fire remains unknown.
MyFoxNY is reporting that one person has been hospitalized in serious condition.
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