November 18, 2017
A massive fire breaks out in New York City, prompting residents to evacuate an apartment building in Manhattan.
The six alarm fire started just after 3:00 p.m. Friday in the Hamilton Heights area. At least seven firefighters sustained injuries while battling the blaze. Local media reports the fire quickly spread through the six story building which has retail shops on the first floor and apartment units on the other floors.
As the flames consumed the structure, devastated residents watched from the streets below. At least 40 families have been displaced. One resident was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
“I didn’t know what to think,” said Minerva Read, a resident of the building. “First I was making sure that my family was OK then my neighbors were OK. A lot of the tenants have been here for over 20 years, so to see everything go up in flames is heartbreaking.”
Authorities urged pedestrians to stay away from the area after pieces of the building began falling onto the street after the roof collapsed.
No word yet on what caused the fire.