Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Over 200 FDNY Firefighters Respond to 5 Alarm Blaze in Manhattan

Over 200 FDNY Firefighters Respond to 5 Alarm Blaze in Manhattan

The FDNY said the fire and the water used on the fire have likely caused major damage to the building, which is about 100 years old. 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.

One person is said to be missing, according to an FDNY chief, after a massive fire broke out Friday at a Hamilton Heights building - a six-alarm fire that was not under control until Saturday morning.

The Fire Department of NY said more than 200 firefighters were at the scene. "We were afraid, we still are, we were afraid of the building collapsing", Leonard said.

"I tried to get as many people out as I could, I started banging on doors and just screaming 'fire fire, '" Carter said, according to WPIX.

The fire started shortly after 3 p.m. Friday on the top floor of the Harlem building.

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Crews are still on the scene, and there are concerns the building may collapse.

The fire ripped through the building, sending large plumes of smoke into the sky.

A Red Cross spokeswoman said 22 families have been put up in hotels.

The same traffic camera showed debris enveloped in flames falling down to to the street below as the facade and roof of the building crumbled under the intensity of the blaze.

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