Published: Sat, December 24, 2016
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

Four FDNY FFs, 17 Civilians Hurt in High-Rise Fire

Four FDNY FFs, 17 Civilians Hurt in High-Rise Fire

Three people, including a firefighter, were injured when a high-rise building in a fashionable area of New York's Upper West Side was hit by a blaze Thursday afternoon.

Those winds helped spread heavy smoke into the upper floors of the building.

"Fire in our building and we are trapped inside on 7th floor".

The New York Daily News reports the 33 story buiilding has 465 units and is used in part to house medical residents and doctors affiliated with Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital.

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Three on-duty fire officials rushed to the floor after the building's fire alarm rang out from the fire control room. Though power was restored in the building by 12.30 pm on Thursday, the 22nd floor remains without electricity.

"We had heavy fire conditions on the third floor that basically incinerated a one-bedroom apartment, we had heavy winds blowing into the apartment", FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard said. Santoro said he looked out his window and saw flames coming from "a window on the third floor".

New York Fire Department officials said of the 24 people who were hurt, two people were critically injured and four had potentially serious injuries. They also said that a smoke alarm was present "but not operational". Leonard warned others that if your apartment is on fire, leave the apartment and make sure to close the door, then call 911.

140 firefighters battled the 4-alarm fire. The FDNY has not confirmed that was the cause of the fire, though it is one possibility.

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