FDNY Investigates Cause of Upper East Side Blaze that Injured Six, Including Two Firefighters

NY 1 - February 09, 2017

by NY 1

It's not clear what sparked a fire on the Upper East Side that left six people injured, including two firefighters.

The fire department says flames broke out in the basement at around 9:50 a.m. Wednesday and shot up through a five story building on Second Avenue near 83rd street.

"We heard banging on the door and as soon as I open up my bedroom door our entire living room was filled with smoke," said one resident. "And he opened the door and the guy, he wasn't even a firefighter, he was just like 'Come on, we need to go, we need to go.' And we can't see anything.

"We do have significant damage on the upper floors," said Deputy Assistant Chief Michael Gala. "Again you're opening up walls, you're opening up ceilings, you know base boards, checking for extension. Again this fire traveled up through the pipe recesses and up to the fourth floor."

More than 100 firefighters and EMS staff headed to the scene.