Fast-moving fire kills 2, injures 2 others in Harlem

ByEyewitness News, Johny Fernandez WABC logo
Saturday, November 25, 2023
Fire in Harlem kills 2, injures 2
Johny Fernandez has the latest live from the scene.

HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) -- A quick-moving fire claimed two lives in Harlem late Friday night.

The fire department says residents feared the roof of the home at West 132 Street and Lenox Avenue was going to collapse.

Cell phone video shows flames bursting out of the first floor of the four-story brownstone.

The FDNY says this fire started just after 11:30 p.m. and quickly moved, trapping residents.

Police say four people were pulled out of the brownstone - two of them died and two were injured. One of the victims is recovering at the hospital, and some of the brownstone residents had to receive CPR.

"People were jumping out the window, I don't know if it was intentional. When we saw the fire, the top floor was already up in flames and the roof was already starting to cave in," one eyewitness said. "I smelt the smoke for like 20 minutes, but we thought it was inside our facility, so we did a round in the building. We were like, 'Where's the smoke coming from,' because it was so strong," another eyewitness said.

The Red Cross is assisting those who live here.

Police and the fire department are still looking into what started this fire.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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