At Least Eight Injured After Massive Fire Breaks Out in New York City

People wait in their apartments as firefighters battle a large fire on the top floors of an apartment building in New York City’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. The Fire Department of New York says over a hundred firefighters were at the scene. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

November 18, 2017
OAN Newsroom

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.

  • Tado

    Massive fire.
    But only 8 burned?
    Exagerration!

  • Pat S.

    Prayers to the families, it doesn’t matter who they are.

  • rgeiken

    Now comes the almost impossible job of finding affordable housing for the survivors!

  • Lenny Woodson

    I like New York City. Jerk for a mayor but I like the people.

  • Tado

    New York should burn.
    It’s a blue State anyway.

    • Bud

      Yeah, but technically it’s still part of the United States.

      • Tado

        “What difference does that it make – at this point in time?”

    • UNOWHO

      Hate is a burden you choose to bear until it destroys you.

    • DOCWRIGHT

      Yes, it is a blue State and have screwed their state up with there liberal ideas but they are still people, Americans. I hope they fix their state instead.

      • taxpayer here

        Nyc just reelected de blasio, so that fixing ain’t happening any time soon, unfortunately.

        • FlamingLimousineLiberal

          A nuke could flatten NY or CA and it’d be the best thing for the country.

        • libertybells2

          Proving it is a socialist state run by a self-admitted communist mayor.

      • Ed L

        Only a blue state because of NYC. Remove nyc, Albany from the equation then New York state is red. I know a few people up there that are hunters

        • DOCWRIGHT

          I was stationed in Up State NY for a while in the Navy and agree with your assessment.

  • showmanrfc

    There’s a good chance some extended video of this fire will end up on YouTube. There are several fire buffs in NYC who regularly post videos of FDNY on the scene of working fires.

  • All American

    Prayers for the firefighters, the families and the tenants🙏🏻

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  • landy fincannon

    The good news there appears to be no fatalities.

  • CASSY IS SASSY

    OMG! I hope Everybody and their Pets got out OK.
    God Bless Firefighters. Prayers to the injured Fire-persons.

    • Tyrone Jackson

      Won’t see these Firefighters taking a knee while on the job.

      • CASSY IS SASSY

        That’s for sure.

      • DOCWRIGHT

        Ever… or the Police or our Military. God bless them all.