WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Four people, including two firefighters, were injured in a Washington Heights on Sunday, the FDNY said.
The blaze broke out about 3:47 p.m. at 910 Riverside Drive, an apartment building between West 161st and 162nd streets. More than 106 firefighters responded to the fire, which started on the seven-story building's top floor.
Four people — two residents and two firefighters — suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, an FDNY spokesman said.
Resident Jessica Duran, 28, said her 63-year-old mom Pura Martinez was slightly injured when she fell down some steps as they raced out of the smoke-filled building. "I heard people screaming, so we just ran from the building as fast as we could," Duran said. "We were running down the steps and then my mom fell."
Duran said she didn't think Martinez was seriously injured. Duran was headed to the hospital on Sunday evening to check on her condition.
Resident Katy Standard, 28, said she was asleep when the fire started, but woke up just in time to see a fire ladder outside her apartment window.
"I grabbed my cat and ran out of the building as fast as I could," Standard said of her 7-year-old feline companion, Lilly.