Massive fire rips through Manhattan building

Massive fire rips through Manhattan building

Massive fire rips through Manhattan building

Crews are battling a large building fire in New York City Friday afternoon.

Flames broke out on the top floor of the building on West 144th St. and Broadway around 3:14 p.m. Friday.

Nine people suffered minor injuries in the fire: a police officer and a civilian suffered smoke inhalation, while seven firefighters had bumps and bruises, FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard said.

Thick smoke and orange flames from the fire could be seen pouring through the building's roof.

"Upon arrival we found very heavy fire conditions on the top floor". 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.

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According to, the residential building was built in 1918. People in the area say sections of the building's facade are falling to the street. Emergency workers evacuated the burning building and the nearby buildings as a precaution.

Residents are unsure of what the future holds, and many have lost their homes before the holiday season begins.

It is not yet known how many people have been displaced by the fire, and the initial cause of the inferno has not been reported.

"I'm not even anxious about the building itself, I'm anxious about the people that live there".

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