- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - An early-morning fire in a Harlem shop and apartment building injured six people, one seriously, as firefighters rescued residents through windows by ladder.

Firefighters were called around 6:30 a.m. Monday to the 145th Street building. Flames poured from a ground-floor hardware store and stretched higher in the six-story building.

Tenants said hallways quickly filled with smoke. Resident Sekou Kantu told WCBS-TV that he and his children couldn’t make it out of their apartment until firefighters took them down through the window.

More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze. The Fire Department says four firefighters and two civilians have been taken to hospitals, and one civilian has serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The rest are described as minor.

The American Red Cross is helping over 50 people affected by the fire.


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