Fire in NYC high-rise injures 22 people, including newborn

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan 14th, 2020 @ 7:31am



NEW YORK (AP) — A fire erupted in an apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side early Tuesday, injuring 22 people, two of them critically, according to the Fire Department of New York.

The fire was reported around 2 a.m. on the 24th floor of a building on East 72nd Street.

A newborn baby was among those hurt, according to WABC.

The critically injured patients were found unresponsive in a doorway, where they appeared to have collapsed while trying to escape, WABC reported.

A door was left open in the apartment where the fire started, allowing the flames to spread into the hall, officials said.

“We had numerous phone calls from apartments above, complaining about smoke, people trapped, all due to the fact that that door was left open,” said Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Ferrante. "Had the door been closed, this would've been a one-apartment, one-room fire."

Those hurt included four firefighters. Their injuries were minor.

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