Many were overcome by heat as they battled a church fire.
The fire took place in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn.
The church was built in 1894, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The fire broke out around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday night.
The three alarm fire began in the organ loft of the Baptist Temple Church.
A bus was brought in to treat a number of firefighters who were overcome by smoke. None were said to be seriously injured.
The organ, where the fire began had just gone over a restoration.
The pastor of the church says he will tell his congregation on Sunday to stay positive. "God works everything out for the good, you just have to try and find the good," said Pastor Raymond Ramos. He adds, "We'll rebuild it, we'll make it maybe prettier, maybe nicer. Somehow this will be a story and be for the good."
Part of the church's interior collapsed due to the fire.