At about 6:30 a.m. this morning a three-alarm fire burned through a three-story Borough Park home at 1029 42nd Street, near New Utrecht Avenue.
The fire apparently started in the basement of the residence. More than 150 firefighters fought the major blaze.
“I was sleeping. Next thing I know, everyone was yelling, ‘Smoke!’” said 30-year building resident and owner, Riccardo Grey to DNAinfo.
He made a dash downstairs to check on his 2-year-old pit bull. When he opened the door, a cloud of smoke penetrated the room. He had to run out and has not been able to find the dog since.
Six people were injured, including five firemen. And all 17 residents of the building who were home at the time of the fire are now homeless.
The fire was under control at about 8:30 a.m.