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Residents displaced after fire tears through Upper East Side building; 4 minor injuries reported

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FDNY: 3 firefighters hurt in Upper East Side
FDNY: 3 firefighters hurt in Upper East Side 00:23

NEW YORK -- A fire broke out on the Upper East Side Monday. 

About 140 firefighters and EMS members responded to the fire at 63rd Street and First Avenue. 

The FDNY says four people suffered minor injuries, including three firefighters. 

See below for the latest updates. 


Officials: All injuries deemed minor, 2 dogs rescued

Three firefighters were hurt battling a quick-moving fire on the Upper East Side on Monday afternoon.

Flames spread fast in a five-story building on East 63rd Street and First Avenue.

One civilian was also hurt, but all the injuries were said to be minor. There is significant damage to the building.

4 hurt in Upper East Side apartment building fire 00:38

Investigators say the fire started in a commercial unit on the ground floor and was difficult to put out.

"The fire extended from the first floor through what we call a shaft between the two buildings, and then it rapidly extends up to the roof level and into each floor through the windows," FDNY Assistant Chief Michael Ajello said.

At this time, there is no word on how the fire started.

Firefighters also rescued two dogs from the burning building.

By CBS New York Team

Fire under control, but building not safe to be occupied

Fire at Upper East Side apartment building 01:32

The FDNY says the fire is under control.

Around 4:30 p.m. you could see a cloud of smoke over the neighborhood. 

Firefighters believe the fire started on the ground floor and then moved up from there throughout an apartment building. 

The FDNY says no one can stay in that building tonight. 

CBS2's Tim McNicholas talked to a woman who says she just moved in Jan. 1. She is heartbroken to see how bad the fire was, and is anxiously waiting to hear more about the extent of the damage. 

"I am just absolutely at a loss for words, because, I put so much into that little apartment. I have everything in there. Besides the money, just real, memorable stuff. I'm just scared," she said. 

There is no word yet on the cause of the fire or on how many people are displaced. 

The ground floor of the building is a business, and above it there appear to be four floors of apartments. 

By Tim McNicholas
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