NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A dozen families are out of their homes Monday night after a fire at a Bronx apartment building.
All of the residents got out safely, but a firefighter suffered minor injuries.READ MORE: David Hardy Sentenced In Deadly Stray Bullet Shooting Of 13-Year-Old Shamoya McKenzie In Mount Vernon
The three-alarm fire was reported around 8:30 p.m. at Rogers Place and Westchester Avenue in Foxhurst.
The flames did spread to two neighboring buildings.
Residents told CBS2’s Valerie Castro they were forced to evacuate quickly.
One man is disabled and said his scooter is lost in the fire.READ MORE: Mayor De Blasio Announces Changes To Intake At Rikers Island After Isaabdul Karim's Death, 12th In Last 12 Months
“Somebody knocked on the door and said, ‘Fire, fire!’ And I’m looking at the TV and all of a sudden I open my room door and it’s black smoke, real black smoke, you can’t see. I found my way downstairs in the black smoke,” resident Vincent Holmes said.
“We didn’t have time to grab our phones or anything so we’re hoping we’ll be able to go back in there, which is highly doubtful, though, it’s highly doubtful. What we’re worried about is just if we lost everything right now, so we don’t know what to do right now,” resident Antonio Jimenez said.
The fire department says electrical wires and utility lines in front of the building made it difficult to fight the fire.
The Red Cross says they are helping more than 20 people.MORE NEWS: Final Sears Store In New York City To Close In November Following Nearly 90 Years Of Operation
The cause of the fire has not been determined.