A fire in a Brooklyn apartment building injured at least 19 people. The fire department said it started in a third-floor compactor chute at the Farragut Houses on Bridge Street.
Residents said flames spread to the garbage room, causing thick smoke to fill up hallways and apartments. Some residents said they were sleeping when they were jolted awake.
The fire was contained to the garbage room and was put out about an hour later, officials said. One firefighter suffered minor injuries.
Residents said most of the people suffered from smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.