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2 People Seriously Hurt in East Harlem Fire, FDNY Says

By  Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner | April 2, 2015 11:32am 

MANHATTAN — Two people were seriously hurt when a fire ripped through an East Harlem apartment building Thursday morning, FDNY officials said.

The flames erupted on the 15th floor of 350 E. 124th St., in the Robert F. Wagner Houses, about 8 a.m., an FDNY spokeswoman said.

Two people were seriously hurt, but were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition, officials said.

Two other civilians and a firefighter were treated for minor injuries on the scene, an FDNY spokeswoman said.

"I saw smoke coming from the window. It was dark gray," said Ed Sanchez, 59, who lives in the building.

"I saw a woman and a young child being taken out on a stretcher. She was holding a baby tightly on top of her. She looked conscious. Her eyes were open."

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

Firefighters brought the flames under control about a half hour after the fire began, officials said.