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Fire tears through East Village building

Posted at 6:25 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 18:25:19-05

EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan — More than 100 firefighters rushed to an East Village blaze on Monday evening.

There was fire in the walls of all five floors of the building at East 7th Street and Second Avenue, officials said. The first floor is a restaurant and the floors above it are apartments.

Firefighters knocked out windows so they could reach the blaze inside. There were 140 firefighters at the scene.

It's unclear how many people evacuated, but there are no reports of injuries.

The building is next to Middle Collegiate Church.

Damage to the building appears extensive. There's no word yet on how the fire started.

A stretch of Second Avenue was closed off as firefighters battled the blaze and nearby streets were congested.