Fire Tears Through Lexington Avenue Walk-Up

By Dan Rivoli and Nikhita Venugopal  on August 21, 2012 10:22am

Firefighters respond to a blaze on the Upper East Side Tuesday.
Firefighters respond to a blaze on the Upper East Side Tuesday.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — A fire ripped through a five-story Upper East Side walk-up Tuesday morning, sending two firefighters to the hospital.

The blaze started on the second floor of 797 Lexington Ave. and East 62nd Street about 7:30 a.m., where a driving school is located. The fire eventually spread to the mixed-use building’s top floors and attic, according to James Esposito, FDNY’s Manhattan borough commander.

"The smoke was coming from the top of the building," said Michael Jaber, who works at American Kennels across the street.

One firefighter with minor injuries was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital and another transported to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Hospital in more serious condition, according to FDNY. No additional details on their injuries were immediately available.

Roughly 300 firefighters from 60 units responded to the blaze that was under control at 9 a.m. The cause was being determined, officials said.

Firefighters battle a blaze at 797 Lexington Ave. Tuesday.
Firefighters battle a blaze at 797 Lexington Ave. Tuesday.
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