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13 People Displaced in Four-Alarm Fire on Upper East Side: Officials

WNBC 4 - February 09, 2017

by Ida Siegal

Thirteen people have displaced from their homes after a large fire swept through the complex at 83rd Street and Second Avenue Wednesday morning.

The fire at 1594 Second Avenue led to at least six minor injuries -- two to civilians and four to firefighters -- fire officials said. It is not considered suspicious, though the FDNY does not yet know what caused the fire.

The initial call came in at 9:48 a.m. The FDNY struck a third alarm around 10:40 a.m. and a fourth alarm around 10:50 a.m. More than 170 firefighters were battling the blaze at one point. Blown-out windows and damage inside the building were visible from the street.

Red Cross says it's assisting four of the nine displaced families; the rest have found their own accommodations. The mixed-use building houses multiple floors of apartments (39 units in total), as well as retail space, including an Italian restaurant called Firenze Ristorante.

First responders found heavy smoke in the basement, which quickly spread to Firenze and then to eight of the apartments above.

The NYPD said Second Avenue was temporarily closed from 81st through 86th Streets.