The blaze broke out in a third floor apartment just before 5 p.m. Thursday and spread to the fourth floor before it was extinguished at about 6:30 p.m., according to the Associated Press.
New York TV station WPIX Channel 11 reported that the fire is not yet under control and, citing the Fire Department of New York, said it was unclear how bad were the injuries to the two civilians and the firefighter. He added that firefighters came to check on them periodically, and said they were suffering from smoke inhalation.
He said she is now in good condition after firefighters carried her out of the building and revived her. "No way I could see anything, so I went back into my apartment". Three of the civilians suffered serious injuries.
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The young girl in cardiac arrest was found on the 21st floor and was given CPR by residents of the building before firefighters rescued her and transported her to the hospital for treatment, according to the television station. Several of the apartments were occupied by medical residents and doctors affiliated with Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital.
The other injured children included a 1-month old and a 1-year-old. The mayor may visit again Friday.
Nine people escaped to the roof to wait out the fire and were safely removed, said Leonard. If the fire is not in your apartment but breaks out in your building, he advises sheltering in place and blocking smoke under the doors with towels.