A blaze broke out just before midnight at a building on Baychester Avenue, New York, last night. More than 100 firefighters had to respond to the fire on the second and third floors of the building.
The smoke quickly filled the building and forced a hurried evacuation. Police officers knocked on about 70 apartment doors, telling residents to evacuate. 14 police officers suffered smoke inhalation in the rush to go door-to-door and alert residents and had to be treated in the hospital. Nine civilians were affected too. Four patients taken to the hospital had minor injuries while the fifth had serious injuries. One resident was treated for asthma which was aggravated by the smoke.
Fire officials said the blaze displaced two families. Authorities were able to get the fire under control within an hour. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Some causes of building fires in statistics are: cooking, heating, electrical malfunctions, accidental and unintentional. In May, 2019, a Harlem blaze was the one of the deadliest New York City fires in years. Six members of a family, including four children, were killed.