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Bronx Fire Injures 2, Forces Family From Home

Firefighters battle a blaze in the Claremont section of the Bronx on Feb. 23, 2014. (credit: Glenn Schuck/1010 WINS)

Firefighters battle a blaze in the Claremont section of the Bronx on Feb. 23, 2014. (credit: Glenn Schuck/1010 WINS)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An intense fire in the Bronx has left a family homeless and two people injured.

As 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported, the blaze started around 5:30 a.m. at a vacant 2 1/2-story home at 1700 Topping Avenue in the Claremont section of the Bronx, leading to a partial building collapse. The fire also spread to the home next door.

“My dad say, ‘Get out! Get out!’ And I just get out, my mom get out, my sister, everyone in the house,” Henrik Asmenan, who lives in the home, told Schuck. “And we just run downstairs, come outside.

“I don’t think we can live here today. I’m just going to try (to) get some clothes, and I don’t know where I’m going to go.”

The Red Cross is helping the family figure out what they will do next.

About 140 firefighters responded to the scene. Two people suffered minor injuries, including a firefighter, who was treated at St. Barnabas Hospital.

The cause of the fire is not know. Investigators believe the blaze started in the basement of the vacant home and are checking to see if squatters may have been living there, Schuck reported.

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