NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – More than a dozen NYPD officers had to be treated for smoke inhalation after responding to a fire at an apartment building in the Bronx.
The fire broke out shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday on Baychester Avenue in the Wakefield section.READ MORE: Brian Laundrie: Who Is Gabby Petito's Fiancé, And What Do We Know About Him?
Tenants scrambled to escape as the flames spread. Two were hurt – one taken to the hospital in serious but non-life-threatening condition.
“People banging on the door, ‘get out, get out, there’s a fire in the building, there’s fire in the building.’ So I got my daughter up and my grandson and I said, ‘run, let’s get out of here,’” tenant Turina Blair told CBS2’s Reena Roy. “It was scary, yes, very scary.”
“I looked through the window and I heard passersby in the car yelling, ‘get out, get out, fire, fire,’” said tenant Sandra Taylor. “When I got outside, I saw the huge fire.”
Windows in the building were blown out, and some doors were broken down by emergency responders. Thick black soot now covers the walls and floors.READ MORE: Fighter Jet Intercepts Small Plane Flying Over NYC After Biden's UN Speech
“I have a 9-year-old with autism, I have a 15-year-old and I have 20-year-old. So I was just trying to hurry up and get them out the building,” tenant Alicia Morales said. “Hard to breathe, can’t hardly breathe.”
“It’s just a mess, it really is,” another tenant added. “Very scary situation.”
The Red Cross said it is assisting five families who were left without homes just a week before Thanksgiving.
The 14 injured police officers were all treated and released.MORE NEWS: Coroner Confirms Remains Found Are Gabby Petito's, Says Manner Of Death Is A Homicide As Search Resumes For Brian Laundrie
The cause of the fire is under investigation.