A roaring fire has destroyed five residential buildings and injured 11 people in Brooklyn.

It began about 10 p.m. Tuesday on the first floor of a 3-story row house on DeKalb Avenue in Bushwick. It quickly spread to the other buildings.

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The blaze was brought under control around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A fire department spokesman says 10 civilians and one firefighter were injured. Seven refused medical attention and the others went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Red Cross tells WPIX-TV 35 people, including 10 children, were left homeless.

WPIX says a church and a karate school on the bottom floor were destroyed in the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown.