NEW YORK (AP) — New York City firefighters say a 5-alarm fire in a two-story building that housed a church downstairs tore through three other buildings in Brooklyn.

The FDNY says 168 firefighters responded to the 4:20 a.m. fire in the Brownsville section.

Five firefighters suffered minor injuries. They were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The fire started on the second floor of the Clarkson Avenue building and quickly spread to three other buildings, which were evacuated.

The bottom floor housed a church and apartments above.

The fire was brought under control at 6:17 a.m.

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