Fire tears through Manhattan building

May 10, 2008 8:18:46 AM PDT
A fourth-alarm fire ripped through an apartment building in Hamilton Heights Friday night.The fire broke out at West 144th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. More than 100 firefighters responded to the scene.

No injuries were reported, but the upper floor of the building was completely engulfed in flames and large chunks of flaming debris were falling onto the street. Several residents were carried from the building, but appeared to be OK.

Evacuees were taken to West 145 Street and Amsterdam, where two MTA buses were standing by. EMS reported that two firefighters suffered minor injuries. Both are listed in stable condition.

The fire started in a fifth-floor apartment that was under renovation and quickly spread to the sixth floor and the roof. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire, but at this point do not believe it suspicious.

There are 46 units in the residents, and approximately 200 people have been evacuated from the building. The Red Cross was at the scene to help those displaced find shelter. Many of the lower level apartments suffered water damage.


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