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Ridge fire leaves families out in the heat

Smoke ‘em: Thursday’s early morning fire at the Sunnydale Deli at the corner of Third Avenue and 68th Street in Bay Ridge left charred remains.
The Brooklyn Paper / Tom Callan

The terrifying fire that tore through a Bay Ridge apartment building early this morning left dozens of residents homeless — and 28 people injured.

More than 160 firefighters responded to an 11:44 pm call about the brutal inferno that ripped through the four-story edifice at the corner of Third Avenue and 68th Street, decimating apartments and a ground-floor beauty salon and popular deli.

Firefighters battled the blaze for more than three hours, as residents fled from the flames via stairs and fire escapes. Six civilians and 22 firefighters suffered “minor injuries,” according to fire officials.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, a Fire Department spokesman told The Brooklyn Paper, though early reports suggested the blaze started in the Sunnydale Convenience Store on the first floor.

After the fire, victims sought refuge — from the blaze and from the hot Thursday temperatures — at the Guild for Exceptional Children. Residents of the scorched building are staying at a nearby hotel, or lodging with friends or relative, according to a spokeswoman for Councilman Vince Gentile (D-Bay Ridge).

Smoke ‘em: Thursday’s early morning fire at the Sunnydale Deli at the corner of Third Avenue and 68th Street in Bay Ridge left charred remains.
The Brooklyn Paper / Tom Callan

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