Firefighters Battle 6-Alarm Fire at Six-Story Condo Building On Upper West Side

CBS 2 - January 09, 2018

by CBS Local

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fourteen people were injured in an extra-alarm fire in Washington Heights Monday.

The roof was going up in flames late Monday afternoon at the six-story brick building located at 775 Riverside Dr., between 156th and 157th streets, 1010 WINS Al Jones reported. The response level was raised to six alarms.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fourteen people were injured in an extra-alarm fire in Washington Heights Monday.

The roof was going up in flames late Monday afternoon at the six-story brick building located at 775 Riverside Dr., between 156th and 157th streets, 1010 WINS Al Jones reported. The response level was raised to six alarms.

The first calls for help came in just before 2 p.m. as of 5 p.m., pockets of flames were still flaring up from the roof as firefighters tried to get a handle on the blaze.

Fire officials said the fire began in a second-floor apartment. The fire spread into a dumbwaiter shaft that runs from the first floor to the top of the building and into the cockloft — the area above the top floor, according to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

“A cockloft is a wide open area that is very difficult for us to reach,” Nigro said. “We either have to cut through the roof or break through from the ceiling below. It’s very hard work under very arduous conditions.”

As the fire raged, residents scrambled to escape. CBS2’s Burrell spoke with some of the people who evacuated.

“We watched it for a while. We were trying to figure out whether we needed to leave. Then it started going up the floors, then it was where there were firefighters inside, and it seemed like they had put it out – and then the fire started again from that window where it had started. Then windows started blowing out, and then firefighters started knocking out windows,” one woman said.

Some residents from the buildings next door were also evacuated as a precaution.

The injuries were said to be non life-threatening.