Mott Haven fire: several buildings burn along East 143rd Street

At least four buildings were severely damaged in a fire that started at a building on East 143rd Street in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.

The FDNY battled the three-alarm fire that broke out at about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday. Video of the inferno showed large flames ripping through several buildings in the dark of night.

The fire started at 420 East 143rd Street and spread to 422, 424, and 418 East 143rd Street.

Most of the structures were four-story buildings that appeared to be vacant. At least one of the buildings appeared to have collapsed.

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138 firefighters responded to the scene. At least two people including a firefighter suffered minor injuries.

Fire officials warned those nearby to avoid smoke and to close their windows.

The flames were brought under control at 6:08 a.m.

Fire marshals were investigating the cause.