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East Village apartment fire reaches 6-alarms; 14 people hurt

October 03, 2018 - 9:45 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Eleven people, including nine firefighters, were hurt in a fire in the East Village overnight.

The blaze broke out on the first floor of a five-story apartment building on First Avenue just before 2 a.m., according to the FDNY.

Flames quickly swept through the building and eventually reached 6-alarms. Residents were evacuated.

Smoke continued to be a problem in the area forcing East Side Community High School and PS 12 Asher Levy to close.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Leonard told reporters that firefighters planned to let a fire burn itself out in a small section of the building in order to keep it from spreading to the main section of the building.

"Certain buildings we're letting residents back into those buildings, there's no reason to keep them out, except for the fire building and two other buildings.

Two firefighters were said to be seriously injured but are expected to recover. Of those injured, eleven were firefighters, and three were civilians.

The fire was under control by Wednesday afternoon.