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Massive Fire Rips Through Morningside Avenue Building

By DNAinfo Staff on March 25, 2012 9:33am

A huge fire ripped through 92 Morningside Ave. on March 25, 2012.
A huge fire ripped through 92 Morningside Ave. on March 25, 2012.
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By Paul Lomax and Tom Liddy

DNAinfo Reporters

MANHATTAN — A huge fire tore through a vacant Harlem building Sunday morning — leaving more than a hundred firefighters battling the flames for nearly five hours, fire officials said.

The three-alarm blaze broke out at 92 Morningside Ave., near West 122nd Street, just before 2:30 a.m., according to the FDNY.

Heavy flames ripped through the basement, extending to the third floor of the seven-story building.

"Building on the corner is a raging inferno," tweeted Tobias McGuigan. "Smoke and flames are crazy intense. Hope everyone is ok there."

And Betty, a longtime resident of the area who did not want to give her last name, said she was frightened by the massive inferno.

"I got up at around 2:35 a.m. and looked out of the window and saw all the fire trucks out on the streets," she said. "The whole place smelled of smoke. It was scary."

It took nearly five hours for the 133 firefighters who raced to the scene to bring the fire under control.

"Wow FDNY is still at it," McGuigan tweeted. "No doubt about it, when firefighters go to work they really earn that salary."

There were no reports of injuries, the FDNY said.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the blaze, the cause of which is under investigation.