12 People Hospitalized After Massive Fire Torches Three Houses in Flatbush

Firefighters at the scene of the blaze, Thursday morning. (FDNY)

A four-alarm fire in Flatbush burned through three buildings early Thursday morning, injuring twelve people.

The four-alarm fire started just after 4 a.m. at East 17th Street near Avenue O in Midwood.

Units arrived at the scene in under five minutes, Chief of Fire Operations Thomas Richardson said during a news conference Thursday morning.

The fire quickly escalated, spreading between three adjoining homes. All three roofs partially collapsed.

Four civilians, including a baby, were taken to Maimonides Medical Center. One firefighter was also injured.

Fire officials told PIX11 that 9 civilians and 3 firefighters were hospitalized as a result of the fire. All the injured were reported in stable condition.

Seven people have been left homeless, officials added.

Shortly after 7 a.m., the FDNY said that the fire was under control.

In a surveillance video released, it appears that a sudden explosion might have sparked the fire, and there appears to be a person running away from the flames.

One of the homes belonged to Rabbi Yonason Max, a longtime Rebbi at Mesivta Yeshiva Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin in Midwood.

Firefighters at the scene of the blaze, Thursday morning. (FDNY)