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Three-Alarm Fire Rips Through Hell's Kitchen Building, Injures 11

By Nicole Bode | August 12, 2010 7:19am

By Nicole Bode

DNAinfo Senior Editor

MANHATTAN — Eleven people, including five firefighters, were hurt when a three-alarm fire ripped through a Hells Kitchen apartment building Wednesday night, the FDNY said.

The fire broke out on the top floor at 359 W. 45th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues shortly after 10 p.m., a spokesman for the fire department said. A cell tower on the roof hampered firefighting efforts, and crews brought the blaze under under control before midnight, the FDNY said.

The five-story building had to be evacuated and four people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The rest of those injured were treated at the scene, an FDNY spokesman said.

It was not immediately apparent what started the blaze. The building was declared structurally unstable as a result of the fire and tenants were forced to vacate the apartment, FDNY press said.

Firefighters battle the blaze at 359 W. 45th St.
Firefighters battle the blaze at 359 W. 45th St.
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