Firefighters tackle large flames burning through businesses in Norwood

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023
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At least one firefighter suffered injuries while battling flames that tore through a row of stores on Bainbridge Avenue in the Bronx. Marcus Solis has the latest.

NORWOOD, The Bronx (WABC) -- At least one firefighter suffered injuries while battling flames that tore through a row of stores in the Bronx.

Authorities say the four-alarm fire broke out on Bainbridge Avenue and East 204th Street at around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

The intense flames destroyed half a dozen businesses, including a bakery, halal store, Italian market, and Middle Eastern grocery store, have been affected by the fire.

The fire department calls it a taxpayer, a single structure subdivided into numerous businesses.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury but fortunately no other injuries were reported.

Residents in Norwood have woken up to this scene before.

This is the second time this row of businesses has burned down. Authorities say the first fire happened during Halloween 2009, destroying 11 stores. The row was completely rebuilt.

"It's very heartbreaking to the immigrant families and the business owners of this community," said Rukon Hakim with the North Bronx Bangladeshi Business Association.

The livelihood of so many are now unclear.

Mohammed Alam owned Curry and Kabob for six years, but because of the slowdown during COVID, fell behind on his pricey insurance policy.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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