NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A fire ripped through a Harlem apartment building Tuesday morning, injuring several people.
The building at West 139th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard broke out in flames at around 9:15 a.m.
The building is mixed-use, with a commercial space on the ground floor and residential units above.
Investigators said merchandise in a 99-cent store fueled the flames and the fire quickly grew to three alarms, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported.
The fire created smoky chaos by blocking one of the fire escapes.
“Unfortunately it was directly beneath the fire escape,” said resident Na’im Najib. “I opened the window for the fire escape, but it was coming right up from there, so we had to go through the hallways and out, which was very scary because you couldn’t see anything.”