NEW YORK (AP / CBS 2/ 1010 WINS) – An early morning fire tore through an apartment building in the Bronx leaving at least two people injured.
Firefighters were called to the five-story apartment building at 1793 Sedgwick Ave. in Morris Heights just before 4 a.m.
“It was like the movies — you wake up in your bed, you see a lot of smoke and then you start running,” one resident told 1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney.
A stairway collapsed between the third and fourth floors and officials say a fire lieutenant fell two stories suffering serious injuries.
One civilian was seriously burned.
The third-floor fire was brought under control at 4:43 a.m.
More than 50 tenants were forced to flee from the burning building.
“I just was interested in getting out,” one woman, who lives in the building, said.
“There was a lot of people screaming because they didn’t know what to do,” Carlos, a resident, said. ”They saw a lot of smoke coming from different windows and there was panic.”
Dozens of residents who live above the second floor can not get back into their apartments.
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