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Firefighters contain Upper East Side fire that sent black smoke shooting into sky

A fire broke out in a building near E. 83rd Street and Park Avenue. (NYPD)

UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — Firefighters have placed a blaze that sent plumes of smoke into the sky over the Upper East Side Tuesday.

The fire broke out in the area of Park Avenue and Park Avenue around 2 p.m.

Black smoke billowed from the building and could be seen from miles away.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze shortly after.

It was not immediately clear if there are any injuries.

Police are urging people to avoid the area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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