Twelve firefighters suffered minor injuries in their effort to put down the two-alarm fire that consumed a three-story building located at 4315 18th Avenue yesterday. ABC is reporting that the injured firefighters were being treated for smoke inhalation and exposure to extreme heat. Additionally, two others received minor injuries and were hospitalized as a result of the fire.
Yesterday, we reported on the break out of the blaze, which started around 11:30 a.m. Witnesses claimed that fire was visible through the windows. Residents also noted a glut of FDNY officials and vehicles at the scene with a helicopter circling above.
The building contained stores on the lower level and apartment units on the second and third floors. According to a report by ABC, the injured were treated at Coney Island Hospital, Maimonides Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center.
An investigation as to the cause of the fire is still ongoing.