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4 Firefighters Hurt In Chelsea Blaze

May 28, 2018 - 6:27 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Four firefighters were injured late Monday afternoon when an extra-alarm fire broke out in an apartment building in Chelsea.

The fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. Monday at 170 W. 23rd St., the FDNY said.

FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph Schiralli said firefighters were faced with a heavy fire condition upon arriving, and it took units a few minutes to get into the apartment.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, the fire streamed out of two windows on the top floor of the six-story brick apartment building. The area was effectively shut down with at least a dozen FDNY engines and ladders on scene.

The fire spread to the cockloft – the space between the ceiling and the roof – and also spread to the adjoining apartment, Schiralli said.

Several firefighters could be seen climbing to the top of the building to try to get at the apartment that was on fire.

The firefighters suffered minor injuries. Two were hospitalized

It looked as if the fire was mostly contained to one location, but the rest of the building was evacuated while the FDNY did their work.

After the worst of the fire was put out, thick, gray smoke lingered on 23rd Street.

Schiralli said the ceiling came down in the apartmen where the fire broke out, and there was clutter that delayed firefighters’ progress.

A total of 106 firefighters and 25 units were sent to the scene.

Early Monday evening, investigators were looking to find out how it all started.