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FDNY battles fire at Upper Manhattan apartment fire; 10 suffered minor injuries

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UPPER MANHATTAN (WABC) — Firefighters battled a five-alarm fire in an Upper Manhattan apartment building early Saturday morning.

Officials say flames broke out around 2 am at 617 West 141st Street.

The blaze ravaged the top floor and cockloft of the building. 10 individuals, including some firefighters, suffered minor injuries, officials said.

Fire officials noted that when fire spreads to the cockloft of a building, the flames can grow fast and be stubborn to put out.

“So, if fire gets in that space, it can quickly spread throughout the entire top floor of the building. We have seven apartments on the top floor and all seven were affected by fire,” FDNY Chief John Hodgens said.

There was extensive damage throughout the building during the fire, as lower apartment units were affected by the amount of water used by firefighters.

Everyone got out of the building safely and the Red Cross is helping displaced residents.

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