Kings Plaza Mall Fire: Brooklyn Shopping Center Fire Engulfs Cars

UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. EDT—Authorities are considering a 7-alarm fire that broke out in the parking garage of Kings Plaza Mall as potentially suspicious, CBS News reported.

Police were expected to release a video of a person of interest who left the garage before the fire in order to find him and question him. Authorities were working to determine whether the person of interest may have had a link to a car dealership that was storing vehicles in the facility.

"Units responded and found there to be multiple cars being stored here by a local car dealer, perhaps as many as 120," FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said, according to CBS. "We're not sure yet how many of them burned, but many of these cars were involved in this fire."

UPDATE: 11:39 a.m. EDT—The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced it deployed the SEAR Task Force to respond to the Kings Plaza fire in Brooklyn. The SEAR Task Force is a group dedicated to arson and explosives, according to the ATF's website.

UPDATE: 11:25 a.m. EDT—The FDNY confirmed there were 21 injuries amid a fire at Kings Plaza Mall on Monday. Three of the injuries were to civilians, while 18 were to firefighters. None were considered life-threatening.

"Members have various levels of smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion working under these conditions," the FDNY said.

NYPD Chief of Special Operations Harry J. Wedin confirmed on Twitter that the blaze became a 7-alarm fire on Monday morning. Wedin said air resources were deployed to assist the firefighters on the ground.

#HappeningNow #NYPD Aviation #22 with @FDNY Battalion Chief onboard providing air reconnaissance as firefighters battle a 7th alarm fire at Kings Plaza Mall parking garage in Brooklyn.

— NYPD Special Ops (@NYPDSpecialops) September 17, 2018

UPDATE: 10:33 a.m. EDT—The New York City Fire Department confirmed there were two non-life-threatening injuries to civilians, and 15 non-life-threatening injuries to firefighters on Monday following a six-alarm fire at Kings Plaza Mall.

#FDNY members are operating on scene of a 6-alarm fire at 5100 Kings Plaza in #Brooklyn. There are currently 2 non-life-threatening injuries to civilians, and 15 non-life-threatening injuries to Firefighters, reported.

— FDNY (@FDNY) September 17, 2018

UPDATE: 10:22 a.m. EDT—A number of firefighters were being treated for smoke inhalation at the scene of a fire at Kings Plaza Mall in Brooklyn on Monday, ABC 7 Eyewitness News reported. The six-alarm fire was still burning, and "multiple vehicles" were on fire, the FDNY said.

Original story:

A fire broke out in the parking area of Kings Plaza Mall in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday morning, engulfing cars on at least two levels of the garage. The Fire Department of New York confirmed it was a six-alarm fire by 10 a.m. and that "multiple vehicles" were on fire.

Photos and videos from the scene showed plumes of black smoke coming out of the garage.

It was not immediately clear whether there were any injuries as a result of the fire. The parking garage, located in Mill Basin, consists of 10 floors, holding some 4,000 parking spaces, NBC 4 New York reported. Authorities had not yet said what they believed caused the fire.

A mall spokesperson told NBC 4 that people should avoid the area until further notice. It was closed on Monday morning as firefighters worked to battle the flames.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Kings Plaza Mall Fire
A fire at Kings Plaza Mall in Brooklyn engulfed "multiple vehicles" on Monday morning, the New York Fire Department said. Google Maps