12 Injured in Massive Six-Alarm East Village Fire: FDNY

The Patch - October 03, 2018

The fire raged throughout the night and hospitalized ten firefighters and two residents, officials said. By Caroline Spivack, Patch Staff

EAST VILLAGE, NY — Twelve were injured when a six-alarm fire erupted in the East Village early Wednesday morning, officials said.

More than 200 firefighters battled the flames in what the FDNY described as a "stubborn" blaze that broke out just after 1:45 a.m. at a six-story building on First Avenue between E. 11th and 12th streets.

The Department of Education shuttered two nearby schools for the day, East Side Community High School and P.S. 19 Asher Levy, after an FDNY recommendation, the department tweeted.

Families were notified through the city's alert system. For more information parents can call the Department of Education's emergency center at 718-935-3210.

Ten firefighters and two civilians suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment, an FDNY spokeswoman said.

Locals are advised to close their windows to keep out smoke. First Avenue between E. 10th and 13th streets is closed to pedestrians and E. 7th to 14th streets between Avenue A and Second Avenue are closed to cars.

Red Cross is at the scene, offering displaced residents shelter.

A cause for the fast-moving fire has yet to be determined, FDNY said.