150 fire-fighters battle blaze at Manhattan tower block

150 fire-fighters battle blaze at Manhattan tower block

Almost 200 firefighters are battling a fast-growing, now five-alarm fire that is tearing through an apartment building in Hamilton Heights Friday afternoon, sending dark plumes of smoke billowing over northern Manhattan, WPIX reports.

The fire started shortly after 3 p.m. Friday on the top floor of the Harlem building.

A search will be conducted after the fire department says they learned that one tenant is unaccounted for after a massive 6-alarm fire destroyed a Manhattan apartment building.

There are no reports of any serious injuries.

Hamilton Heights fire engulfs roof of apartment building
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The flames began to initially spread from the sixth floor of the occupied apartment building, and led to the collapse of the roof, which covers a large area of the block in which it is located. "The entire top floor is heavily involved, it is still a very active fire scene", Leonard said.

As of 5pm (local time), the fire was not under control, according to officials at the scene, the Daily Mail reported.

"We evacuated buildings across the street, the building to the rear and both sides of 144 are evacuated". 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.

"I'm not even anxious about the building itself, I'm anxious about the people that live there".

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