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An extra-alarm fire spread through multiple residential structures Thursday afternoon in the Parkchester section of the Bronx.

Eight firefighters and one civilian were injured, and six buildings were severely damaged — some to the point of being unrecogizable.

The fire broke out around 3:40 p.m. in one home at 1136 Olmstead Ave., and spread to five more 2 1/2-story homes, according to the FDNY. 


The huge fire took more than two hours and about 200 firefighters to put out. One of those firefighters is in serious condition, officials said. Seven other firefighters and a civilian suffered a non-life threatening injuries at the Olmstead Avenue fire.

It is not yet clear what caused the fire, although some people said they heard fireworks when the blaze began.

“I did hear quite a bit of fireworks in the area,” said Roseanne Ramdhan, a woman whose home was damaged in the fire. “Not like your normal fireworks – it was massive. When it exploded it went off like an orange light.”

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