Firefighters battle fire at high-rise building near Times Square

MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- Three people were injured in a fire Sunday morning at a building in Midtown Manhattan.

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."

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