msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 3/29/2011 4:22:22 AM ET 2011-03-29T08:22:22

A suspicious fire swept through the top floors of a four-story Brooklyn building Monday, killing two girls and a man and injuring several others, fire officials said.

The girls, 14 and 3, were found on the top floor, as was the 62-year-old man, according to a police spokesman.

Police said a 47-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition. Three people were hospitalized with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening and two firefighters suffered minor injuries, a fire department spokesman said.

The fire was reported just after 5:30 p.m. in the borough's Bushwick section. About 60 firefighters battled the blaze, which was brought under control about an hour later.

Firefighters "were met with heavy fire on the second floor," Deputy Chief Stephen Moro told The New York Times. "Our units made a tremendous push."

"I seen fires in my life but I haven't seen a lot of fires like that," witness Joshua Landy said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but it was deemed suspicious, Moro added.

The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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