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2 Children Hospitalized After Upper West Side Apartment Fire, FDNY Says

By  Noah  Hurowitz and Aidan Gardiner | March 16, 2017 8:09am 

 Fire marshals will determine what sparked the blaze, which hurt four people, an FDNY spokesman said.
Fire marshals will determine what sparked the blaze, which hurt four people, an FDNY spokesman said.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — Four people were hurt — including two children — when a fire erupted inside a West 61st Street apartment Thursday morning, an FDNY spokesman said. 

The flames erupted in a first-floor apartment of 249 W. 61st St., near Amsterdam Avenue, about 5:35 a.m., the spokesman said.

"I woke up around 5:30 and smelled smoke, so I got my kids up, said, 'Get dressed!' But we stayed put because when we opened the door, smoke came in," said fifth-floor tenant, Steven Rivera.

The four people were all treated at New York-Presbyterian hospital for minor injuries, officials said.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control by 6:20 a.m., officials said.

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