Huge fire rages in Manhattan

- A massive fire is burning a residential and retail building in Upper Manhattan Friday. The flames and thick smoke could be seen from many blocks away.

The fire broke out at about 3 p.m. on Broadway and West 144th Street in Hamilton Heights. The fire is on the top floor of a six-story building, the FDNY said.

More than 200 firefighters and dozens of emergency vehicles are on the scene.

Three firefighters and one other person suffered minor injuries, officials said.

New York City Emergency Management sent out an alert about the smoke and traffic problems:

Expect smoke, traffic delays, and a presence of emergency personnel and vehicles in the area. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene advises avoiding smoke exposure from structural fires by closing windows while indoors and reducing outdoor activity where smoke is present. People with heart or breathing conditions such as asthma may be more sensitive and should seek immediate medical attention if they experience a worsening of their condition, shortness of breath, or chest pains.

 

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