Fire Sweeps Through Inwood Apartment Building

By Carla Zanoni and Trevor Kapp  on August 19, 2012 12:40pm  | Updated on August 19, 2012 6:22pm

INWOOD — More than 60 firefighters battled a blaze that swept through a 207th Street apartment building Saturday night, injuring four people, officials said.

The fire began on the first floor at 639 W. 207th St. about 7:15 p.m., authorities said. It spread after a tenant left open a hallway door, causing flames to “shoot out of the hallway up to the roof,” Deputy Chief Ron Werner said.

“We heard screaming and then saw the smoke,” said tenant Berry Duarte, 36, who has lived in the neighborhood for 23 years. “It was the most terrifying thing.”

The four injured were taken to an area hospital, one for a possible heart attack, another for burns on her feet, Werner said. Two others were treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire was brought under control about 8:10 p.m., officials said. The cause is under investigation.

More than 60 firefighters battled a blaze in Inwood Saturday night, officials said.
More than 60 firefighters battled a blaze in Inwood Saturday night, officials said.
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