About thirty fire trucks and ambulances responded to last night's three-alarm fire at 542 E. 3rd Street in Kensington, between Avenue C and Cortelyou Road. Four attached houses were involved; three of them were heavily damaged. Although the Red Cross did assist sixteen residents, no injuries were reported. Seven families have been displaced.
Initially, arson was suspected. Fire marshals opened an investigation and discovered that it was an electrical fire. The fire began on the top floor of a two-story private dwelling and spread quickly to the other houses. Neighbors reported the fire at about 11:00 p.m.