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Firefighters Gain Control Over 6-Alarm Fire In Morningside Heights

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Firefighters on the scene of a 5-alarm blaze in Morningside Heights. (Credit: Jane Rosenberg)

Firefighters on the scene of a 5-alarm blaze in Morningside Heights. (Credit: Jane Rosenberg)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Several civilians and firefighters were injured in a stubborn fire at a Citibank on Broadway and West 111th Street on Saturday.

The fire started in the basement of the Morningside Heights building at 5:20 a.m. and by 7:30 had grown into a 4-alarm blaze. Shortly after 9 a.m. the fire went to a 5th alarm and a 6th alarm was sounded at around 2 p.m.

Three firefighters were transported to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center for treatment for minor injuries. Three civilians were treated for smoke inhalation on the scene, and a fourth civilian was taken to St. Luke’s for smoke inhalation, WCBS 880 reported.

White smoke could still be seen spiraling into the sky Saturday evening, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.

Chris Swiss, who works down the street from the fire, told Smith he had been listening to the scanners all day. “They can’t get into the basement and put the fire out and that’s why it’s going on so long.”

Nearly 200 firefighters from 40 units responded to the fire.

The fire was brought under control after more than 11 hours, however, firefighters were still dealing with the smoldering building as of 10 p.m. Saturday, 1010 WINS reported.

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