VIDEO: Huge Fire; Many Victims

( – HAPPENING NOW: A horrific scene unfolded in the NYC borough of Brooklyn after an entire apartment building was caught in a massive fire, leaving behind charred bodies that “looked like barbecue,” according to a report.

See the video below.

In the early hours, a devastating fire swept through a three-story apartment building in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, resulting in the tragic loss of three lives and injuries to over a dozen individuals.

Neighbors described the harrowing scene to The New York Post, recounting how first responders extracted dead bodies and severely injured victims from the blaze.

Firefighters were dispatched to the site at 242 Albany Avenue around 4:34 a.m., where they encountered intense flames engulfing each level of the building, according to the Fire Department of New York (FDNY).

Three members of a family were critically injured and later pronounced dead following hospitalization, while at least 14 other people were injured.

Chief of Fire Operations John Esposito described the firefighting efforts as both challenging and hazardous.

“When you have a heavy fire on multiple floors of a building, it is time-consuming to extinguish. We had to stretch multiple hardlines to each floor. It’s a very dangerous operation for our firefighters,” Esposito explained.

NYC’s Democrat Mayor Eric Adams, speaking early on Sunday, expressed relief that the fire did not extend to adjacent buildings.

“We’re very fortunate that the damage on both sides was contained. You do not see it spreading to either side, buildings, which is a miracle,” Adams said.

Witnesses, waking up amidst a dense smoke cloud, observed the severely burned victims being evacuated on stretchers. Jason Thompson, a local resident, recounted his own experience of escaping the smoke with his family, and the horrifying sight of the last person rescued, who was severely charred.

Thompson, along with other community members, identified the deceased as Ms. West, her son Mike, and grandson Jamal.

While the FDNY had not immediately confirmed the victims’ identities, housing records indicated the residence was occupied by Albertha West, 81, Michael West, 58, and Jamiyl West, 33.

“She was 85, she just had her birthday. I’ve known her for 40 years. Just lovely people we grew up with their kids and their grandkids. They were like family. Very very sweet people,” said neighbor Jason Thompson.

The FDNY declared the fire under control by 6:32 a.m. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.