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250+ firefighters battle massive fire in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan

250+ firefighters battle massive fire in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan

A large fire on the top floors of a six-story New York City apartment building has resulted in nine injuries.

"Upon arrival we found very heavy fire conditions on the top floor".

A search will be conducted after the fire department says they learned that one tenant is unaccounted for after a massive 6-alarm fire destroyed a Manhattan apartment building.

There are no reports of injuries.

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Here's intense video showing the fire shortly after it started, including black smoke that could be seen for miles: Jose Tavarez lived on the sixth floor.

Police are urging pedestrians to stay away from the area and local residents must close their windows.

There are stores on the first floor of the building, and 34 apartments throughout the rest of the building.

According to, the residential building was built in 1918. "There were plenty of people in the building", Taverez said.

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As of 5pm the fire was not under control, according to officials at the scene.

The fire department said Friday night that much of the roof has burned away.

"It doesn't seem like it's gas related because there would have been a huge explosion", resident Jose Tavarez told CBS New York. "A big fire coming from my building and onto Broadway and people were hysterical and that's where it all started", said John Farias, a resident.

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