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Manhattan Apartment Building Catches Fire; More Than A Dozen Injured

24 December 2016

Dozens of people were injured in a fire at a 33-story high-rise building on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Four of the injured victims were New York City firefighters. Bhavik Shab who was in his 13th floor apartment initially reacted as many other residents mistakenly did by trying to flee his apartment: "I come out to see smoke all over", he said.

Among those injured was a 7-year-old girl who was in cardiac arrest on the 21st floor.

Although the fire was contained in the third floor apartment, high winds, blowing in from the open windows drove heavy smoke into the hallways throughout the building, according to the television station. Several of the apartments were occupied by medical residents and doctors affiliated with Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital. Once they reached the street, they worked on her and was able to revive her.

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Santoro said that he and the other people in his apartment were advised to stay where they were.

Firefighters are still working to put out the fire.

Firefighters continued to search the building after putting out the fire, as people were reported to be trapped, according to WPIX. Twenty-four people, including four firefighters and an 8-year-old girl, were hurt, but their injuries are not thought to be life threatening. Fire marshals said the fire was caused by accident due to "careless use" of a candle.

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Manhattan Apartment Building Catches Fire; More Than A Dozen Injured