Fire crews contain huge blaze in NY

19 November, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Fire burns through Manhattan apartment building

At least 200 firefighters are battling the blaze that sent large plumes of dark smoke across the city from where it started in Hamilton Heights.

The Department of Buildings will determine the extent of damage done and decide whether the building needs to come down. No injuries have been reported as of yet and it is unclear how many people were inside the building when the blaze started.

The Red Cross has been working with the displaced residents. Other structures across the street from the fire drenched building have been evacuated, while those buildings are also feared to be at risk for collapse.

There are stores located on the first floor of the building and 34 residences on the five upper floors. People in the area say sections of the building's facade are falling to the street.

Syndee Winters, who has appeared in "Hamilton: The Musical", posted videos from the scene of the fire showing the entire roof engulfed in flames as firefighters continued to battle the blaze.

The fire broke out about 3:00pm on Friday (local time) in a six-storey building in Harlem, according to the New York Post. From Newscopter 7, firefighters were seen attacking the blaze with as many as four ladder towers shooting streams of water down on the fire, which burned down into the fifth floor apartments. Two have reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



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