The fire was reported at 7:38 a.m. at a 12-story building at 145 West 45th Street near Times Square.
Smoke billowed from the building as firefighters battled a fire in the duct work.
The FDNY says the fire was placed under control about an hour later. One person was seriously hurt while two others suffered minor injuries.
It is a mixed commercial use building with 20 residential apartments. There is a small hotel next door.
The fire apparenty began in the duct work of a restaurant's kitchen.
Guests at the hotel were forced out of their rooms. "We were on the 38th floor and she said we've got to get out of here because she saw a lot of smoke," said Becky Howell. "So we walked down 38 flights of stairs and it was still going as we were going down."
Had to evacuate the #Hyatt Centric Hotel in #TimesSquare for a reported emergency in the area of the 25th floor. We could smell smoke from 8th floor as we walked the stairs down. pic.twitter.com/NDtPhQmJB6— Boyzell Hosey (@zellpic) September 22, 2019
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