- The Fire Department of NY says dozens of vehicles caught fire in a mall parking garage, sending thick black smoke through a Brooklyn neighborhood.
At least 21 people, mostly firefighters, were injured Monday after multiple vehicles caught fire inside a mall parking garage in New York City, sending plumes of black smoke into the air.
Almost two dozen people sustained injuries after a massive inferno tore through a parking garage at Kings Plaza Shopping Center this morning.
Some 200 firefighters from more than 50 units, including three marine units, rushed to combat the seven-alarm inferno after it was reported at 8:28 am, the department said. "My landlord saw a lot of fire trucks and he said every street is blocked off", said Debbie Russo, who lives two blocks away from the mall on Avenue U. Fire officials said that the dealership's auto were among the ones that burned but they couldn't give an exact number.
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Fire officials checked the garage for any possible signs of structural damage.
King's Plaza mall shut down as the fire and smoke spread. Fire officials said that they were likely tires exploding on the cars that burned.
A shopping center spokeswoman warned the public to "avoid the area" while the FDNY respond to the fire. The report said the fire escalated to a six-alarm fire within an hour.
Those with heart or lung conditions such as asthma to avoid the area, stay indoors and keep windows closed due to smoke.