NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A lightning strike is apparently to blame for a fire in Brooklyn that forced the evacuation of 71 apartments on Friday, the FDNY said.
It happened around 1 a.m. at a building on Rockaway Parkway in the Brownsville section of the borough. The fire started on the sixth floor and then quickly spread to about six apartments.
City officials said residents are expected to be out of their homes for at least two days.
“It’s very disturbing, very overwhelming,” one resident said. “Right now, I have a 14-month-old baby, he’s in the car with my husband, and we have nothing whatsoever.”
By late afternoon Friday officials allowed some residents to go into their homes to see what was left, CBS 2’s Emily Smith reported.
While the fire didn’t spread to all of the homes, most have significant water damage.