By Raanan Geberer
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Two people were hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, and seven families had to be evacuated from their homes, after a fire hit a four-story building in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, on Tuesday.
According to the Fire Department, the blaze was first observed on the third floor of 263 Prospect Park West around 11:35 a.m. The brick building is two blocks from the Prospect Expressway and three blocks from Prospect Park.
Sixty firefighters from 12 units responded to the fire, which was classified as an all-hands fire, according to Firefighter Brian Norton, an FDNY spokesperson. It was reported under control at 12:11 p.m.
The two injured civilians were taken to New York Methodist Hospital, according to Norton. No firefighters were injured.
According to a statement by the American Red Cross in Greater New York, seven families, comprising approximately 35 residents, were forced to evacuate. As of 6 p.m. Tuesday night, Red Cross disaster responders had booked five hotel rooms for 18 people who were in need of emergency housing, said Michael Devulpillieres, a spokesman for the organization.
The cause of the fire is being investigated, Norton added.
According to streeteasy.com, a real estate website, the building was owned by Hueng Tam until November 2014. At that time, he sold it to 263 Realty LLC, which has the same address as Tam.