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Man Escapes Massive Fire in Harlem Apartment Building, FDNY Says

By  Anton K. Nilsson and Aidan Gardiner | September 28, 2015 8:04am 

CENTRAL HARLEM — A man escaped a burning apartment as more than 100 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze Monday morning, officials said. 

The man, whose name and age were not immediately released, was inside a sixth-floor apartment at 47 W. 129th St., near Malcolm X Boulevard, when firefighters came to extinguish the blaze about 7:10 a.m., according to FDNY chief Thomas Jemmott. 

Another subletter of the apartment, Roy Holmes, 44, was returning home when the fire erupted, he said.

"I came back up to get in the house and the front door was messed up," he said.

"Someone told me there was a fire going on. I kicked in the door and the smoke pushed me back."

It was not immediately clear how the man who was in the apartment when firefighters arrived managed to escape.

The blaze was brought under control about an hour later and there were no reported injuries, officials said.

Fire marshals will determine what sparked the flames, officials said.