Fast-Moving Fire Damages Residential Building in Concourse Village

7 Online - August 05, 2019

CONCOURSE VILLAGE, Bronx (WABC) -- Fire officials now say five firefighters and a baby have been injured in a fast-moving, multi-alarm fire in the Concourse Village section of the Bronx.

The blaze broke out at 5:30 a.m. in the 200 block of McClellan Street and soon went to multiple alarms.

By 6:25 a.m. a fourth alarm had been struck. By 7 a.m. it was at five alarms.

A sixth alarm was struck shortly before 7:30 a.m and a seventh just after 8 a.m.

Video from NewsCopter 7 showed multiple firefighters, including several on the roof, working to control the blaze.

The fire is burning in a 5-story residential building.

Chief of Fire Operations Thomas Richardson said the fire started in grocery store on first floor and soon spread to all floors above.

A void in the walls of the building contributed to the quick spread of the blaze and has complicated efforts to contain it, Richardson said.

Fifty-five units and 250 firefighting personnel are on the scene.

Eyewitness News is told five firefighters and a 9-month-old infant were being treated for unspecified injuries.

Images from the scene showed a cat which had apparently made its way onto a fire escape. The animal did not survive.

The blaze was the second multi-alarm fire reported in the Bronx in as many hours early Monday.

Three people were hurt in an earlier fire in Morrisania less than a mile away.