2 critical after jumping from windows in NYC fire

November 16, 2011 2:34:10 PM PST
Firefighters remain on the scene of an apartment fire in upper Manhattan, where two people were forced to jump for their lives to escape the flames.

The fire broke out at an apartment building in Hamilton Heights just after 4 a.m. Wednesday.

The residents, ages 22 and 23, were critically injured after they jumped from the windows of the West 147th Street building.

One resident said he awoke to the sound of a body hitting the ground outside his bedroom window.

Witnesses say a third person climbed out a second-floor window and shimmied across a ledge on the facade of the building to safety.

Seven firefighters were also being treated after battling the second-alarm blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Residents say a fire broke out in the same building about a month ago. That fire was deemed suspicious. The building has reportedly been in foreclosure twice.