At least 14 Hurt in Fire at Residential Building in Manhattan

WABC - January 09, 2018

by Eyewitness News

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan (WABC) -- At least 14 people were hurt and dozens displaced in a six-alarm fire that tore through a building in upper Manhattan Monday afternoon.

The flames broke out on the second floor of the six-story residential building at 775 Riverside Drive, near West 156th Street, in Washington Heights. The fire reached the roof, sending plumes of dark smoke billowing into the sky.

The FDNY reports that all the victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and that no one is critical. Nine of the injured are said to be tenants, along with four police officers and one firefighter.

More than 200 firefighters were working to get the blaze under control.

A staging area has been set up for victims and their family members affected by the fire in Our Lady of Esperanza Church located at 624 West 156th Street.

The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation, but officials say a tenant was making toast when the appliance suddenly burst into flames that quickly spread throughout the kitchen and up a dumbwaiter to the upper floors and the cockloft.

Authorities advise those nearby to close windows and avoid smoke. Drivers are urged to expect delays in the area.