Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Manhattan fire: Firefighters battle blaze in six-storey Harlem apartment building

Hamilton Heights fire engulfs roof of apartment building 150 fire-fighters battle blaze at Manhattan tower block
Howard Terry | 19 November, 2017, 00:55

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Eyewitness video from the scene shows flames on the top floor of the six-storey building, as the fire quickly spread through the apartment block.

A six-story building in Hamilton Heights, Harlem caught fire around 3 p.m. Friday. The building's roof appears to have collapsed and sections of the facade fell to the street.

At least 200 FDNY firefighters are on the scene trying to put the fire out. "There were plenty of people in the building", Taverez said.

"It couldn't have been in a worse position for the wind", Leonard said. 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. "A big fire coming from my building and onto Broadway and people were hysterical and that's where it all started", said John Farias, a resident.

"The building is old".

22 families have been given shelter in the meantime.

"I couldn't believe it", she said. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene advises avoiding smoke exposure from structural fires by closing windows while indoors and reducing outdoor activity where smoke is present. 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.

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