Heavy flames were seen shooting through the windows and roof of the structures, destroying six businesses.
Firefighters tried to battle the blaze from inside but were forced back. Heavy winds are said to have helped spread the fire.
One of the buildings on fire was destroyed and may have to be demolished.
Three firefighters were reportedly injured battling the flames. All sustained minor injuries
Officials saythe fire is deemed suspicious and the cause is under investigation.
Water used battling the blaze collected on the tracks of the nearby No. 7 subway line, causing service to be temporarily suspended through the area.
However, service was restored, but one track is out of service, which caused delays for the morning commute.
The fire is also located near a staging hub for buses and other above-ground transportation.
COMMUTER ALERT DUE TO FIRE:
The following buses are being detoured:
WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick