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More than 20 injured, including firefighters, in high-rise fire on Upper West Side: FDNY

Posted at 5:20 PM, Dec 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-23 08:48:22-05

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — Twenty-three people, including four firefighters, were injured when fire broke out in an Upper West Side high-rise Thursday evening.

The fire started on the third floor of the high-rise at 515 W. 59th Street just before 5 p.m., FDNY said.

The blaze spread to the fourth floor of the 33-story building as firefighters were on the scene working to contain it.

Twenty-three people were injured, FDNY said after initially stating 24 were hurt.

Fourteen people had minor injuries and six are in serious condition, according to the FDNY. Four firefighters sustained minor injuries.

The flames were extinguished about 6:30 p.m., but firefighters checked the apartments throughout the building.

It's unclear what caused the fire.