Fire officials believe squatters started the fire
BROOKLYN, New York — FDNY companies fought a two-alarm fire in Brooklyn that injured one firefighter and displaced several occupants.
Firefighters responded to 297 Monroe Street at approximately 7:30 p.m. and faced fire on the second floor extending up and into adjoining apartments.
Firefighters realized that the fire apartment was under renovation after a firefighter fell into a hole on the second floor.
The firefighter was not injured and able to remove himself from the hole.
Fire officials believe squatters may be responsible for the cause of the fire.
A large portion of the cornice collapsed during the blaze.
Two families in neighboring apartments have been displaced.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.