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Manhattan High Rise Blaze

Several people were injured Monday in a high-rise fire in a Manhattan apartment building.

The blaze was first reported at about 11:30AM in a 37-story building. More than 60 firetrucks and some 200 firefighters reported to the downtown scene at East 27th street near the East River.

According to authorities, the flames were contained to an apartment on the 24th floor. Residents in that part of the building were evacuated.


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Eighteen firefighters were transported to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries and five others were treated for injuries, including smoke inhalation, at the scene.

Two civilians and two police officers also had minor injuries and were transported to area hospitals.

Fire department spokesman David Billig told CBS Radio 880 that firefighters were forced to climb a large amount of stairs while burdened with heavy equipment to battle the blaze.

The fire caused the 23rd, 24th and 25th floors to be evacuated. Other residents were told to stay in their apartments with doors closed.

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