Saturday, January 11, 2014

SIX ALARM FIRE GUTS MANHATTAN BANK



About 20 fire companies, and some 200 firefighters, battled a stubborn six alarm blaze in a heavily fortified old-style bank building on Broadway and 111th Street in Manhattan's Morningside Heights. More than 12 hours later and there was still smoke emanating from the building. The FDNY says three firefighters and one civilian were transported to St. Lukes with minor injuries, mainly smoke inhalation. The fire was traveling both horizontally and vertically, fire officials say. And was seated under the floor. So it was difficult to get to to attack. Firefighters managed to keep it contained to the one building, though an adjacent nine-story apartment building was evacuated, the residents standing for hours in the rain watching the fire burn. I covered the fire for 1010 WINS.

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