19 Hospitalized After High-Rise Fire on Upper East Side

By Jess Wisloski and Paul Lomax  on March 9, 2013 12:36pm  | Updated on March 9, 2013 5:39pm

UPPER EAST SIDE — Ten residents and nine firefighters were injured in a two-alarm blaze that broke out in the wee hours on Saturday morning, fire officials said.

The fire broke out at 3:42 a.m. at 1763 Second Ave., near East 92nd Street, and took 110 firefighters nearly two hours to put the flames down at 5:34 a.m., officials said.

The fire came from the 12th floor of the 40-story tower, and an FDNY spokesman said it did not appear to be suspicious in nature, though an investigation was ongoing.

The majority of victims were in stable condition or had been released, according to the FDNY, though one individual was in serious condition, officials said.

Residents outside the building, which Buildings Department records show is part of Knickerbocker Plaza, said Saturday said that fires had been an increasingly common occurance, and some blamed the building's management.

"This is like the twelfth fire in the last two years," said Robin Davenport, 61, who has lived in the building, part of Knickerbocker Plaza,  for 38 years. "We have so many fires in this building. It just doesn't make sense. I think something is very wrong," she said. 

Another resident who did not want her last name used, named Vicky, said her dog Buddy Boy woke her up in the middle of the night by licking her face and barking.

"I was petrified. I just came out now to get some fresh air, and then I'm going back in to get my dog," she said.

Both residents said they were stuck walking up the stairs more than 20 flights to get home after the fire.

Representatives from Knickerbocker Plaza, LLC were not able to be reached by phone Saturday, and a message left for the management company was not returned.

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