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3-Alarm Fire Rips Through Harlem Building Housing Fried Chicken Restaurant

Harlem 155th Street Fire

An extra-alarm fire broke out on Friday, June 13, at Mama’s Fried Chicken on 155th Street in Harlem. (Credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An extra-alarm fire broke out Friday evening in a Harlem building housing a fried chicken resident.

Six firefighters were injured — one seriously — in the three-alarm blaze, which the FDNY said broke out around 7 p.m. at Mama’s Fried Chicken, at 300 W. 155th St.

As of 10:30 p.m., one firefighter had suffered a serious, but non-life-threatening injury. The other five suffered minor injuries.

More than 30 units and 100 firefighters were sent to the scene, and used tower ladders to extinguish the fire from the outside.

But the fire was not under control as of 10:30 p.m., and had spread to another building.

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WCBS 880's Monica Miller reports

Several other businesses in the two-story building were also affected.

WCBS 880’s Monica Miller spoke to someone who was working at a deli in the building, which was rendered a shell of itself.

He said he started to smell smoke around 6 or 7 p.m., and he evacuated the store with his customers.

By 10 p.m., at least a dozen firefighters were still staged under the Macombs Dam Bridge at 155th Street.

The smoke was so bad at one point that some residents put their shirts over their mouths just so they could breathe.

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