Police have arrested a man in connection to a massive seven-alarm fire Monday at a parking garage in Brooklyn that left more than a dozen people injured.

Brooklyn resident Avon Stephens, 23, was charged with arson in the evening.

Officials said Stephens was seen on surveillance video near the area around the time of the fire.

Fire officials said the blaze broke out around 8:30 a.m. at the Kings Plaza Mall in Mill Basin. The FDNY said several vehicles on the first two floors of the garage were on fire.


Officials said 21 people, including 18 firefighters, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the responding firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.

Nigro said the fire was confined to the second level of the parking garage and did not extend to stores at the mall.

He said "perhaps as many as 120" cars were in the garage at the time of the fire. He said the FDNY is not yet sure how many of them were burned.

Video showed the blaze sending heavy smoke billowing onto Flatbush Ave. and the surrounding area.

Officials are inspecting the building itself for structural damage.

Police have not specified how exactly the suspect started the blaze.