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Huge fire rips through block of flats in NY

18 November 2017

- A massive fire is burning a residential and retail building in Upper Manhattan Friday afternoon. With over 100 firefighters trying to control the situation, it appeared that wind had made the fire harder to maintain.

The FDNY formed a perimeter around the block to prevent anyone from being hit by falling debris, officials said. "It scared the hell out of me, it looked like an occupied building".

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No injuries have been reported and it's unclear how many people were inside the building when the blaze started. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene advises avoiding smoke exposure from structural fires by closing windows while indoors and reducing outdoor activity where smoke is present.

So far, no injuries have been reported, an FDNY spokesman said. By 4 p.m., the smoke had transitioned from black to a light gray as ladder trucks laid gallons of water on the flames.

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Dramatic footage shows large plumes of smoke coming from the building as well as the entire roof on fire.

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Huge fire rips through block of flats in NY