Massive fire rips through NY apartment building in Hamilton Heights

Michele Moreno
November 19, 2017

Over 150 fire-fighters are battling a huge blaze in an apartment building in NY city.

The fire broke out just after 3 p.m. inside the six-story building at 565 W. 144th St. near Broadway.

As many as 200 firefighters were fighting the fire, which could be seen from different locations throughout New York City.

WPIX said no injuries have been reported at this time.

As of 5pm the fire was not under control, according to officials at the scene.

Hamilton Heights fire engulfs roof of apartment building

It is believed that the fire spread to four alarms at the six-storey building.

Some witnesses told PIX11 that sections of the building's facade are falling to the street below. "A lot of the roof is burned away and we still have very heavy fire and smoke".

He said firefighters would enter the building to search for the missing tenant as soon as it was deemed safe. People with heart or breathing conditions such as asthma may be more sensitive and should seek immediate medical attention if they experience a worsening of their condition, shortness of breath, or chest pains. "I helped some elderly people get out with their pets and their family members".

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.

Residents said the fire started in 6E.

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