Five-Alarm Fire Injures 10 at Bronx Apartment Building

NY Times - October 05, 2019

by Neil Vigdor

Two people, including a firefighter, were seriously injured in the blaze on the Grand Concourse, which took more than three hours to bring under control.

A five-alarm fire engulfed the top floor of a Bronx apartment building on Friday night, injuring 10 people — two of them seriously — and prompting more than 200 firefighters to respond, the authorities said.

Nine of the 10 people injured were firefighters, according to Jason Powell, a Fire Department spokesman, who said that one of those seriously injured was a firefighter. None of the injuries were life-threatening, he said.

The fire was reported at 8:15 p.m. at 1555 Grand Concourse, a 150-unit apartment building in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx, fire officials said. It became a five-alarm fire at 9:46 p.m., with 46 fire units and 210 firefighters responding to the scene, the authorities said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but is not considered suspicious, according to the Fire Department.

It took firefighters more than three hours to get control of the blaze, which sent flames and plumes of black smoke billowing from the building’s rooftop. Emergency responders were forced to attack the fire using ladders.

It was not immediately clear how many residents were displaced by the fire. Only tenants on the building’s top floor were evacuated, fire officials said.

Around midnight, firefighters were still opening up hot spots to make sure that the fire was completely extinguished.