One Person Injured as FDNY Battles 5-Alarm Blaze in Bronx Apartment Building

NY 1 - October 05, 2019

by Ruschell Boone

Five people are injured Friday night as city firefighters battle a five-alarm blaze in a Bronx apartment building, officials said.

"We couldn't even breathe, we couldn't see anything, it was straight pitch-black," said one woman who lives on the sixth floor.

The city fire department responded to the blaze at the building on Grand Concourse near Rockwood Street in the Mt. Eden section of the Bronx around 8:15 p.m.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries. According to the FDNY, a civilian and a firefighter suffered serious injuries, but they were expected to survive.

The fire started on the sixth floor of the six-story building and spread to the cockloft, the FDNY said. It escalated to five alarms in less than 90 minutes.

Around 200 firefighters were at the scene around 10:45 p.m.