5-alarm fire engulfs Manhattan apartment building


One person is said to be missing, according to an FDNY chief, after a massive fire broke out Friday at a Hamilton Heights building - a six-alarm fire that was not under control until Saturday morning.

The Fire Department of NY says 170 firefighters are at the scene.

No injuries have been reported and it's unclear how many people were inside the building when the blaze started.

Photos from the scene show the top floor engulfed in flames and thick smoke billowing from the building.

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Police are urging pedestrians to stay away from the area and local residents must close their windows. "The entire top floor is heavily involved, it is still a very active fire scene", Leonard said.

The Daily Mail said some witnesses told PIX11 that sections of the building's facade are falling to the street below.

The building is both residential and retail. Emergency workers evacuated the burning building and the nearby buildings as a precaution. "We were afraid, we still are, we were afraid of the building collapsing", Leonard said. The wind gusts over 20 miles an hour quickly fueled the fire as it chewed through the room and into the other sixth floor apartments.

Video footage of a dog being rescued from the blaze also emerged. 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. "These things can be replaced, material things, but a human life can't".