Eighteen people, including four New York City firefighters, were injured Thursday night when a four-alarm fire broke out in an apartment building on the city’s Upper West Side.
In a Twitter post, the FIREFIGHTERS said that four civilians had suffered a serious injury. Fourteen others, including four firefighters, suffered minor injuries.
18 injury reported on the 4th alarm, 515 W 59 St: 10 minor & 4 severe to citizens, 4 small and FF. Fire is knocked down. pic.twitter.com/pcp26QSRzm
— FDNY (@FDNY) December 23, 2016
Fire officials said the fire started in a third floor apartment in the 33-storey building, on West 59th Street near 10th Avenue around 5 a.m. Witnesses reported seeing the flames shoot out from the building windows.
Fire officials told the New York Daily News that some people were temporarily trapped on the upper floors and the roof.
Fire in our building and we were caught in on the 7th floor. Can’t go down stairs. Smoking in the halls. Please pray for us.
— Shruti Kulkarni (@trulyshruti) 22 December 2016
A high-rise resident, Shruti Kulkarni, tweeted that the fire had forced her to stay in her apartment on the 7th floor.
Later, Kulkarni tweeted that she was able to get out of the building and was safe.
The Daily News reported that a part of the high-rise building is used to house medical residents and doctors affiliated with the nearby St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital.
More than two hours after the fire started, the FDNY tweeted that the fire had been “knocked down.”