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Large blaze in Manhattan apartment building

The fire scene. PHOTO: FDNY.

Washington Heights, Manhattan- A fire that started in an apartment building today took firefighters hours to get under control. Hundreds of firefighters were at the scene and fought the flames throughout the afternoon and into the night.

The fire began around 2 PM on the 2nd floor a 6-floor residential building at 775 Riverside Drive, according to the FNDY.

It was nearly 9 PM when the fire was finally brought under control.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said more than a dozen people suffered injuries due to the fire, although none of them were serious.

Nigro stated that one reason why the fire was so difficult to fight was that it spread into the building’s cockloft, which refers to space between the ceiling of the top floor and the roof.

Firefighters had to cut through the roof and ceiling to get access to the fire, which slowed their progress in putting it out, according to Nigro.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, however, officials say it does not appear to be suspicious.


Firefighters on scene at the 7-alarm blaze. PHOTO: ANDRE RIVERA.

Reporting by Brendan Walsh.