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Watch: FDNY battles blaze equivalent of 8-alarm fire in several buildings

A fire in a Brooklyn supermarket quickly extended into residential structures

By Bill Carey

NEW YORK — Firefighters fought a large fire at a Bushwick, Brooklyn supermarket that spread to nearby buildings, injuring seven people and displacing many others.

FDNY officials say the fire began in the supermarket on May 1, which was open, and quickly extended into several other buildings, WABC reported.

“We actually have probably the equivalent of a seven to eight alarm here,” FDNY Assistant Chief Tom Currao said. “We went up to a fifth alarm and then on three successive occasions we called for more engines and two more ladders. So we were really trying to get ahead of this.”

Six firefighters were among those injured. Fire officials said they suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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