9 injured, Chinatown 'in shock' after inferno erupts at building housing Chinese-American museum archives

Adam Warner
January 24, 2020 - 6:44 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Nine people were hurt in a five-alarm fire Thursday night at a Chinatown building that houses historical archives about Chinese-Americans.

The fire erupted around 8:45 p.m. at a city-owned building on Mulberry Street, near Bayard Street, in a building that houses several nonprofits and a community center, as well as storage for archives belonging to the Museum of Chinese in America.

The fire began on the fourth floor of the five-story building before spreading to the roof. At one point, the roof caved in.

Videos and photos show flames bursting from the windows and roof of the building and a tower of smoke rising into the night sky.

Among those injured was a man who got trapped on the top floor and had to be rescued by firefighters, according to ABC7. He was reportedly in serious condition.

Eight other people, all firefighters, were injured. All of them suffered smoke inhalation but are expected to be OK.

The fire comes ahead of the Lunar New Year, which starts Saturday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that the building was home to several nonprofits and a senior center.

"I know the neighborhood is in shock tonight. We’re going to help the community get through this," the mayor wrote.

Karlin Chan, of Community Board 3, is worried about some of the archives stored at the building.

“We have a museum of Chinese-American archives there. So all the historical documents from this area, all the exhibits, are actually stored in there. So hopefully the water damage doesn’t destroy it,” Chan said.