Reports came in at approximately 5:00 a.m. about a working fire on 425 Howard Ave with flames showing on the second floor. The residence along with the two surrounding buildings were evacuated.
Two firefighters were sent to the hospital after the blaze was extinguished, one for general evaluation, and one for a burn that was sustained near his eye.
The residence that the fire began in sustained major damage, and is scheduled to be demolished throughout the day. The surrounding buildings have also sustained collateral damage, including a partial roof collapse.
All 26 residents, 25 adults and 5 children, have been evacuated from the surrounding buildings.
“It was really bad, however, the fire department did an awesome job. They put out the fire quickly,” said neighbor Daisy Fontanez.
“They saw the whole vacant building fully involved. Three floors,” said Asst. Chief Orlando Marcano.
In all, six families lost their home.