Huge fire rips through block of flats in NY


Almost 200 firefighters are battling a fast-growing, now five-alarm fire that is tearing through an apartment building in Hamilton Heights Friday afternoon, sending dark plumes of smoke billowing over northern Manhattan, WPIX reports.

More than 250 firefighters responded to the scene where high winds made the fire more hard to put out.

No injuries have been reported.

Thick smoke and orange flames from the fire could be seen pouring through the building's roof.

As of 5pm the fire was not under control, according to officials at the scene.

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The fire started just after 3pm local time inside a six-storey building at 565 W. 144th St. near Broadway, quickly spreading to five alarms.

According to, the residential building was built in 1918. One civilian suffered smoke inhalation. He then ran upstairs and went door-to-door to warn his neighbors. No injuries have been reported as of yet and it is unclear how many people were inside the building when the blaze started. Other structures across the street from the fire drenched building have been evacuated, while those buildings are also feared to be at risk for collapse.

The FDNY said the fire and the water used on the fire have likely caused major damage to the building, which is about 100 years old.

Witnesses say sections of the building's facade were falling to the street below.

Syndee Winters captured video of the fire from across the street.