Fire tears through Washington Heights apartment

Washington Heights fire
One firefighter was seriously injured while battling a smoky blaze that tore through a Manhattan building Monday morning.
Credit: Metro file photo

One firefighter was seriously injured while battling a massive smoky blaze that tore through a Manhattan building Monday morning.

The fire broke out on the first floor of the six-story Washington Heights apartment around 10:35 a.m. and eventually spread to the second floor, the fire department said. A bodega and a dollar store are on the first floor of the St. Nicolas Avenue building.

After about an hour and a half, the fire was upgraded to fourth-alarm, with around 168 total firefighters responding. There were heavy smoke conditions, the fire department said.

One firefighter was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in serious but stable condition. Three more firefighters and two other people suffered minor injuries, the department said.

The fire was brought under control around 12:40 p.m.

The cause of the blaze will be investigated by the Fire Marshal.

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