Upper Manhattan Fire Injures Over a Dozen People, FDNY Says

AMNY - January 09, 2018

by Lauren Cook

More than a dozen people were injured in a six-alarm fire in upper Manhattan Monday afternoon, according to the FDNY.

The fire broke out on the second floor of the six-story building at 775 Riverside Dr. just before 1:50 p.m., a fire official said.

At least 14 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the blaze, according to the official. Further details about the victims and their injuries were not immediately available.

The fire had spread through a dumbwaiter shaft running from the first floor all the way to the top floor, according to FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. It then progressed into a small attic above the top floor, which is "very difficult for us to reach," he said.

In order to get to the attic space, commonly called a cockloft, firefighters would have to cut through the roof or enter through the ceiling below, according to Nigro.

"It's very hard work under very arduous conditions," he added. Firefighters were still battling the fire, as of 5:40 p.m., and the cause is under investigation.