A two-alarm fire injured two firefighters and shut down a block of Atlantic Avenue on Friday afternoon, fire officials said.
The blaze began shortly before 2 pm in a four-story brick building between Clinton and Court Streets. It spread to a pair of neighboring buildings as it raged for two hours before 100 firefighters brought it under control, according to the fire department.
Two smoke eaters suffered minor injuries battling the flames and were sent to Methodist Hospital in Park Slope for treatment, a fire department spokesman said.
The cause of the fire is officially under investigation, but the owner of one of the buildings scorched by the flames and a neighbor said it began at the back of Hadramout Restaurant, apparently due to poor ventilation.
The three buildings mostly suffered damage in their ducts, a firemen at the scene said, and tenants and workers were evacuated until the evening, according to a manager at the neighboring Yemen Cafe.
— with Nathan Tempey