A fire broke out in a 6-story apartment building on Marcy and Flushing early this afternoon. Details were sketchy, but the one-alarm fire was first reported at around 3:30 pm, and brought under control about one hour later. According to the Fire Department, no one was at home at the time the fire began and no injuries were reported.
Fire officials said a call was placed to 9-1-1 at 3:28 from 425 Marcy Avenue. Twelve trucks and 60 fire fighters were on the scene, where a blaze generating from a 6th-floor apartment had already spread to a neighboring apartment, sending residents in the building spilling out into the street.
"We kept hearing someone yell, 'Fire! Fire!,'" said Sandra Wallace, who lives on the 5th floor. "When I looked out the window from my kitchen I saw the flames coming out from the right side. And I told a couple of other neighbors that there was a fire in the building."
According to Wallace, a neighbor contacted authorities as they were fleeing the building. After fire official arrived, they began pulling what they guessed were salvageable items out the windows. Burn and charred household items and furniture littered the ground outside.
Lora C., a resident that lives on the same floor as the fire, rushed home from work, after she was contacted by another neighbor and notified of the emergency. She said there was no damage caused to her apartment by the blaze.
Fire officials said the cause of the blaze is unknown and is under investigation by the fire chief.