Fire at an abandoned building in Mount Eden spreads to nearby apartments

Residents living at 1419 Jesup Avenue are trying decide what to do next after a fire at an abandoned building Wednesday spread to their building and damageD several apartments.

One witness said the flames were everywhere eventually spreading to the top floor. Residents say they suspect foul play, claiming that people use the abandoned building to smoke crack.

The managing agent of the abandoned building told News 12 The Bronx that a non-profit neighborhood restoration group owns the building and together they were planning to turn it into affordable housing. Still, the residents say it's a haven for squatters. They say despite their complaints to 311 and the police nothing has been done.

The Red Cross is providing temporary shelter to residents who have been forced out of their apartments.

Fire officials are investigating the blaze as arson.

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