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23 People Hurt in Trash-Compactor Fire at Harlem's MLK Houses, FDNY Says

By Trevor Kapp | October 4, 2016 9:42am
 A fire inside Harlem's Martin Luther King, Jr. Houses left 23 people injured Monday night, officials said.
A fire inside Harlem's Martin Luther King, Jr. Houses left 23 people injured Monday night, officials said.
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HARLEM — Nearly two-dozen people were hurt Monday night when a compactor fire quickly spread through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Houses on Fifth Avenue, fire officials said.

The blaze broke out on the 10th floor of 1350 Fifth Ave., near 112th Street, about 7 p.m. and wasn’t brought under control until about two hours later, the FDNY said.

Of the 23 people hurt in the fire, two civilians were taken to area hospitals with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. Seven firefighters and 14 civilians were also treated for minor injuries.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation as of Tuesday morning. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story said the fire occurred at the Taft Houses. The story has been changed to reflect the correct information.