A fire at a Brooklyn rowhouse early Sunday morning left three people dead and 14 injured, police officials said.
The fire, at 242 Albany Avenue, between Sterling Place and Park Place in the Crown Heights neighborhood, was first reported on the ground floor of the building around 4:30 a.m. When firefighters responded , they noticed the three floors in fire.
Around 6:30 a.m., the fire was under control. A 63-year-old woman and two 35-year-old men were pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital, police officials said. At least one firefighter was taken to hospital with serious injuries that firefighters said were not life-threatening, according to a fire department spokesperson.
“It was a very difficult and dangerous fire operation,” said John Esposito, the fire department’s chief of fire operations.
It was not immediately clear what started the fire. The fire department said Sunday that firefighters were investigating.