Fire Chief: Fire Likely Started In Hair Salon

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A massive fire in Harlem destroyed five attached stores, including a church and funeral chapel, on Friday.

As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, the fire broke out at a building on West 145th Street at around 7:45 p.m. and quickly spread to neighboring buildings.

The fire likely started in a hair salon, the fire chief told D’Auria.  He also said the fire caused a partial roof collapse.

More than 150 firefighters faced bone-chilling temperatures as they battled the intense flames.  Firefighters were still on the scene early Saturday morning.

The funeral chapel that was destroyed first opened its doors back in 1929.  A woman’s body was inside the chapel at the time of the fire, awaiting burial Saturday, D’Auria reported.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries and the cause of the fire remains under investigation, officials said.

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