The fire broke out in a house on 143rd East Street, which was initially reported to be empty, around 2:50 a.m. Wednesday.
The flames quickly spread to four other houses.
The building where the fire broke out completely collapsed. Two more buildings partially collapsed.
FDNY assistant chief Kevin Brennan said none of the residents were injured. One firefighter sustained minor injuries.
It is assumed that all the houses are empty, but the search for possible residents continues.
The fire lit up the night sky, and FDNY was receiving calls from other areas of the smoke.
As of 4:30 a.m. the fire had been localized but not yet extinguished
The fire engulfed the same buildings on October 8, 2021.
Four burned-out buildings on Wednesday morning – 416, 418, 420 and 422 East 143rd Street – all have full orders to be cleared of the blaze.
At the time of the fire they were busy in multi-family homes, according to media reports at the time, and have since seemed empty.
It is established that the cause of the fire was accidental, due to electrical wiring.
At 143 East Street 420, where a fire broke out on Wednesday as a result of a previous fire and ongoing repairs, there are four violations by the open-plan department.
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