Emergency responders were called to the scene at the restaurant and supply warehouse on Monitor Street just after 12:30 a.m.
Firefighters battled heavy smoke conditions, and eventually some needed to be pulled from the large building. The building has multiple rows of shelving, which made it difficult to find the fire and run the hose lines
The FDNY used a drone to find the heavy fire and attack from the outside.
"We had some concerns with the wall in the rear of the building, we had some bulging of a wall in the rear of the building, we have fire units operating back there, but we've established what we call a collapse zone to keep everybody away from that to keep them safe," said John Richardson, the FDNY's chief of operations.
Some 200 firefighters responded to the scene. No one was inside the building when the fire started. The injured firefighters are said to have suffered minor injuries.
It took several house to bring the fire under control. The roof did not collapse but there are several holes in the roof, as well as concerns about the rear of the building possibly collapsing.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that people should avoid the area surrounding the scene.
Scary scene in Greenpoint this morning but thanks to the outstanding work of New York’s Bravest, the fire is under control.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 1, 2019
Please avoid the area around 259 Monitor Street as the FDNY completes their work. https://t.co/cuUuV73vQj
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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