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NYC Fire Leads to Injuries, Traps Residents on roof, FDNY Says

CBS 2 - December 24, 2016

by CBS News

NEW YORK-- Some 26 people, including four firefighters, were injured in a fire at a high-rise building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Residents were trapped on a roof and others were stuck inside by the four-alarm blaze, CBS New York reports.

The fire started around 4:55 p.m. Thursday and was declared under control three hours later.

Chief of Department James Leonard said there was a heavy fire on the third floor which incinerated a one bedroom apartment.

Leonard said the fire left 22 civilians injured, two critically, authorities said. A 7-year-old who was in cardiac arrest on the 21st floor was safe and alert thanks to civilians who performed CPR before firefighters arrived.

Four firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries, officials added.

Some residents and concerned relatives sent frantic tweets as they waited for word that help was on the way. Leonard said that 9 people became trapped on the roof, they were in no danger and were safely removed.

A final search of the building found a number of people sheltered in place.