5-alarm blaze rips through row of stores

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">15 firefighters were injured battling a five-alarm fire at row of stores in the Bronx.</span></div>
August 7, 2008 6:07:20 AM PDT
A five-alarm fire tore through a row of stores and lit up the night sky in the East Tremont section of the Bronx -- injuring 15 firefighters. Officials say the fire ripped through five stores on East 180th Street just before 11 p.m. last night.

Heavy flames could be seen shooting out the roofs of the building, as flames traveled from store to store, including a deli. It took hours to get the fire under control.

Eyewitness News is told some 15 firefighters were taken to Jacobi Hospital. Most were treated for smoke inhalation and minor injuries.

The fire burned near a Con Ed facility that was manned at the time of the fire. The staff de-energized a feeder as a precaution.

East 180th Street was closed for fire department activity.

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