DNA Info - August 12, 2010by Nicole Bode
MANHATTAN - Eleven people, including five firefighters, were hurt when a three-alarm fire ripped through a Hells Kitchen apartment building Wednesday night, the FDNY said.
The fire broke out on the top floor at 359 W. 45th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues shortly after 10 p.m., a spokesman for the fire department said. A cell tower on the roof hampered firefighting efforts, and crews brought the blaze under under control before midnight, the FDNY said.
The five-story building had to be evacuated and four people were taken to St. Luke's Hospital with minor injuries. The rest of those injured were treated at the scene, an FDNY spokesman said.
It was not immediately apparent what started the blaze. The building was declared structurally unstable as a result of the fire and tenants were forced to vacate the apartment, FDNY press said.