Apart­ment build­ing fire leaves 1 dead, 12 oth­ers hurt


An overnight blaze that tore through a five-story apart­ment build­ing in Man­hat­tan left one per­son dead and 12 civil­ians and fire­fight­ers in­jured, fire of­fi­cials said Thurs­day.

The fire was re­ported around 3:30 a.m. in a build­ing on East 93rd Street in the Yorkville neigh­bor­hood on the Up­per East Side. The flames quickly spread through­out the build­ing and, at one point, were shoot­ing out the roof, send­ing burn­ing em­bers onto nearby build­ings. Some res­i­dents of the burn­ing build­ing fled into the streets in their pa­ja­mas.

One res­i­dent died, four other civil­ians suf­fered mi­nor in­juries, and a fifth had se­ri­ous in­juries, the FDNY said. Seven fire­fight­ers sus­tained mi­nor in­juries.

Of­fi­cials don’t yet know where the fire started.

WCBS-TV re­ported a dra­matic res­cue of a man trapped on the fifth floor who was saved by a fire­fighter us­ing a life­sav­ing rope.

Fire­fighter Jim Lee told re­porters at the scene that the rope burned through 15 sec­onds after he and the man reached the ground.

“They low­ered me down to the ground and he got med­i­cal at­ten­tion,” Lee said. “I told him to stay calm and when we got down, I said, ‘I hope you en­joyed the ride.’ He sort of smiled and he was thank­ful.”

Fire­fight­ers had ex­tin­guished the blaze by early Thurs­day morn­ing.

The fire forced the clo­sure of 93rd Street be­tween First and Sec­ond av­enues. First Av­enue is closed be­tween 91st and 94th streets.

Flames rise from an apart­ment build­ing fire on the Up­per East Side in New York on Thurs­day.

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