Massive High-Rise Fire Injures 14 at Bronx Complex

By Jess Wisloski on June 24, 2013 8:02pm 

 A massive fire in a high-rise at River Park Towers left 14 injured on June 24, 2013.
A massive fire in a high-rise at River Park Towers left 14 injured on June 24, 2013.
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MORRIS HEIGHTS — A large fire on the 14th floor of a 43-story building in the Bronx left 14 residents injured and six firefighters seeking treatment on Monday evening.

The blaze broke out at a building of River Park Towers at 5 p.m., jumped to a two-alarm blaze quickly due to the weather, an FDNY spokesperson said.

It took FDNY responders nearly an hour to get the flames at 40 Richman Plaza under control, and six firefighters were treated for minor injuries at the scene of the blaze, said the FDNY.

By the time the fire was brought down, at 5:55 p.m., about 14 civilians were hurt, including at least three children who were classified as suffering from minor injuries, the spokesperson said.

The American Red Cross was on the scene Monday night, and had not been allowed in to assess the damages due to carbon dioxide readings as of 7:30 p.m., but a spokesman said he expected two or three families would be needing emergency housing.

"Once they're allowed back in we'll be able to assess the units to see if they're habitable or not," said spokesman Michael de Vulpillieres.

A representative for River Park Towers management could not be reached and an answering service would not take a message after hours.

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