6-Alarm Inferno Tears Through NYC Apartment Building; At Least 2 Hurt

WNBC 4 - August 05, 2019

by Erica Byfield

A seven-alarm fire tore through an apartment building in the Bronx early Monday, injuring at least six people, including a baby, fire officials said.

Five firefighters were also among those hurt in the fire at the six-story complex on McClellan Street Monday, though all of those victims were expected to survive. The injured baby is thought to be around 9 months old.

The fire broke out around 5:30 a.m. and quickly intensified, extending into every floor and up into the roof. By 8 a.m., it hit seven alarms and still was not declared under control. Officials say about 250 fire and EMS personnel responded to the blaze, which apparently broke out in a first-floor supermarket.

The FDNY released drone footage that showed more than a dozen firefighters on the roof of the towering complex, white smoke drifting all around them.

Earlier, drone footage showed firefighters' flashlights illuminating the pre-dawn sky from the top of the building, beams of blue streaking across the rooftop as sirens wailed on the ground.

A cause of the fire is under investigation. It wasn't clear how many people were displaced by the blaze.