Published: Sat, December 24, 2016
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

Four-Alarm Fire in Manhattan Injures 24, With 2 Injured Critically

Four-Alarm Fire in Manhattan Injures 24, With 2 Injured Critically

Officials said that three firefighters and three civilians who "were injured and taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening". Three of the civilians suffered serious injuries. Firefighters are still on the scene battling the fire that erupted around 5 p.m. on the third floor of a 33-story building at 515 West 59th Street between 10th and West End avenues, the spokesman said. The fire was put out around 6:30 p.m., according to WPIX, and the local Office of Emergency Management is advising residents to close their windows to block out the smoke. While trying to remove her clothing, she inadvertently spread the fire through her apartment.

It wasn't clear what started the fire, but Leonard said open windows and high winds caused "very heavy smoke" to go into the hallways and rise up into the building's upper floors.

The Daily News also reported that several residents who were inside the building posted on Twitter that they were still inside and frightened.

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According to FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard, a seven-year-old girl went into cardiac arrest on the apartment building's 21st floor.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Officials said the building is fireproof, so residents who stayed in their apartments were better off than those who tried to evacuate.

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