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Four-alarm fire in New York City high-rise injures 24 people, two critically

Dec. 22, 2016: A four-alarm fire is burning at an apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan

(Twitter)

Twenty-four 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 FDNY said that six civilians have suffered “serious” injuries. Eighteen others, including four firefighters, suffered minor injuries.

#FDNY COD Leonard updates the media on 4-alarm fire at 515 W 59 St. 24 injures reported: 14 minor, 6 serious civil and 4 minor Offers pic.twitter.com/kG5UHUF7Ib

— FDNY (@FDNY) December 23, 2016

Fire officials told the Associated Press that two people were seriously injured. Among the victims was a 7-year-old girl was in cardiac arrest. Fire officials said she was revived and is in good condition.

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 flames shooting from the building of the windows as the fire spread to the fourth floor.

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

It was not clear what started the fire, but open windows and heavy wind caused a thick smoke to rise in the building of the upper floors.
The residents fled to the roof to wait on the fire.

One 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.

Firefighters went floor to floor to check on the residents, which include medical residents and doctors at the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.

More than two hours after the fire started, the FDNY tweeted that the fire had been “knocked down.”

A woman who lived in the apartment where the fire started was able to get out of the building safely, her neighbor told the New York Post.

“She was completely covered with black ash,” the neighbor said. “I’ve tried to let her go to the first aid, but she was concerned about the damage in her apartment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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