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.