- Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Eight people, including a firefighter, were hurt in a smoky blaze at residential high-rise in Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood.

The fire department says the fire broke out at Independence Plaza North at 310 Greenwich St. around 8:40 p.m. Sunday. It was under control by 10:25 p.m.

The department says the smoke-related injuries appeared to be minor. Five people were taken to the hospital. Three people refused medical attention.

A fire department spokesman says the fire appeared to start on the fifth floor, but smoke from the blaze billowed throughout the 39-story, 400-unit building.

Dispatchers calmed numerous concerned residents who called 911 and instructed them on what to do to keep safety until firefighters could get to their apartments.

The department says 30 units and 150 firefighters responded.

Fire marshals are investigating.

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