10 Injured, Including 9 Firefighters, After Five-Alarm Fire at Bronx Apartment

Lorenz Duchamps
By Lorenz Duchamps
October 5, 2019New York

A fire erupted at an apartment building late on Oct. 4, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) said.

Ten people were injured in the fire that was reported just after 8 p.m. at 1555 Grand Concourse in the Mount Eden neighborhood of the Bronx.

The FDNY wrote on Twitter that the “fire generated a total of 10 patients—1 civilian and 9 firefighters all with non-life-threatening injuries.”

According to The New York Times, two of them are seriously injured, one civilian and one firefighter.

The seriously injured civilian was transported to a Bronx hospital, where he is said to be in a stable condition, according to the FDNY.

Fire officials said the “fire started on a top floor apartment and spread to the cockloft space and multiple sections of the building.”

The New York Times said by 9:46 p.m., the fire was reported a five-alarm, with at one point over 200 firefighters fighting the blaze.

In a video from the scene, the street can be seen blocked by fire units and plumes of black smoke billowing from the building’s rooftop. Numerous evacuees and others stood outside as the firefighters worked.

The FDNY wrote on Twitter that at 11:47 p.m. the fire was under control after a battle of over 3 hours.

There is no information on how many people resided in the apartment, but a resident told WLNY they escaped the building after smelling smoke.

“We were in our fifth-floor apartment getting ready for bed and we smell smoke and we come out and the roof is on fire,” the resident told the outlet.

Officials are currently looking into the cause of the fire, but the case is not considered suspicious.

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