PARK SLOPE — A rooftop fire damaged a four-story Park Slope building on Friday afternoon, FDNY officials said.
The fire started on the roof of 194 Seventh Ave. near Second Street, then spread to a top floor apartment in the rear of the building, where it caused serious damage to a bedroom, said FDNY Division 11 Deputy Chief John Hodgens.
The fire was reported at 12:49 p.m. and firefighters had the blaze extinguished by 1:07 p.m., Hodgens said. Roughly 60 firefighters from five engines and four ladder companies responded to the fire.
No one was home in the top floor apartment when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported, Hodgens said. The cause was still under investigation.
Dramatic photos posted on Twitter just after the fire broke out showed thick clouds of black smoke billowing over Park Slope. "[H]uge black cloud smoke in park slope right now, fire fighters speeding down the street #scaringthesh-touttame," wrote @TheSaraLust.
The building is on a busy commercial strip of Seventh Avenue. Its street-level retail space is occupied by Tarzian West housewares store. The store wasn't damaged and was open for business on Friday, an employee said. The building was built in 1921, according to city records.