Twenty individuals were displaced by the fire, but are able to secure temporary housing with family members.
The fire destroyed a Dollar Jackpot store and affected two apartment buildings.
“The dollar store is completely gone,” said Community Board 9 chair Kenichi Wilson. “The fire was raging.”
He said the person who was injured was trying to figure out where the fire started.
“He started looking in the ceiling and something fell and hit him in the forehead,” Wilson said.
The apartment buildings next door were not incinerated like the dollar store, and Wilson said it’s likely the apartment buildings, which sustained minimal damage, will likely be habitable after an FDNY investigation.
“We will need an immediate investigation into the cause and will need all hands to help the victims,” Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar wrote in a Facebook post.
Wilson said the fire will hurt businesses already suffering due to the pandemic.
“It’s really just depressing,” he said. “People are already at their very end and struggling to stay afloat, and then you have something like this.”