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Massive fire rips through apartment building in the Bronx

Posted: 7:18 PM, Mar 06, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-06 22:28:59-05

CROTONA PARK, The Bronx — Firefighters are on the scene of a blaze that ripped through a 6-story apartment building in the Bronx Monday evening.

The fire consumed several floors of one wing of 653 Crotona Park.

It happened just after 6 p.m. and grew to a 4th alarm around 7 p.m.

No injuries have been reported. Several families have been displaced.

The FDNY used a drone for the first time to help assist with the fire. The department has had the drone for more than half a year but deployed it for the first time.

When the roof of the building began to fail, the drone gave firefighters a good visual and helped them make decision about the fire.

"Being able to get a picture as well as verbal reports give us the ability to make a better decision at the Command Post because it's difficult to understand even with the best report," said the FDNY in a Facebook post. "Seeing it is helpful."