The fire broke out in a Ninth Avenue building shortly before 11 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said.HELL'S KITCHEN, NY — A large fire broke out in Hell's Kitchen Friday morning, injuring at least one person and sending thick plumes of smoke into the air, an FDNY spokesman said.
The fire started on the first floor of 666 Ninth Avenue, located between West 46th and 47th streets, shortly before 11 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said. The response was quickly upgraded to two alarms, which means 25 FDNY units with 106 fire and ems personnel responded to the scene, fire officials said.
Firefighters were still battling the blaze as of 11:30 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said.
At least one person suffered minor injuries during the fire, fire officials said.
New York City Emergency Management warned people to avoid the area of the fire due to "smoke, traffic delays, and a presence of emergency personnel and vehicles in the area." An NYPD spokeswoman could not confirm which exact streets were shut down during the fire response. Residents who live near the fire should close their windows to limit exposure to smoke, according to city emergency management officials.
The Hell's Kitchen building where the fire broke out is a five-story structure with mixed retail and residential uses. Video witness from the scene shows that the fire likely started in one of the two ground-floor businesses, a deli or a glass and mirrors shop.
Smoke shooting into the air from the scene of the fire could be seen from many block away, according to video posted to the Citizen App. Many of the building's windows were broken during the fire, according to photos posted by the FDNY.