The Patch - September 07, 2018by Brendan Krisel, Patch National Staff
The 3-alarm blaze broke out in the basement of a four-story apartment building.
EAST HARLEM, NY — One person was injured when a three-alarm fire broke out in an East Harlem apartment building, an FDNY spokeswoman said.
The fire started at 158 E. 110th St, between Lexington and Third avenues, around 3:40 p.m., an FDNY spokeswoman said. Firefighters responded to the scene and discovered fire in the basement of the four-story multiple dwelling building, fire officials said.
The response was upgraded to two alarms shortly after 4 p.m. and to three alarms around 4:20 p.m., an FDNY spokeswoman said. A three-alarm response means more than 130 firefighters responded to the scene. The blaze spread from the building's basement to the first floor as firefighters battled the flames, fire officials said.
One person was rescued from the building, an FDNY spokeswoman said. The person's injuries are being evaluated, the spokeswoman said.
The fire was place under control just before 5:30 p.m., fire officials said.
Fire and police officials shut down East 110th Street between Lexington and Third avenues while firefighters operated at the scene, the NYPD's 23rd Precinct said on social media. The police precinct asked people to avoid the area until the situation was under control.