EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan — Smoke poured out of a large co-op building and filled the streets in Greenwich Village as a massive 5-alarm fire broke out Wednesday evening.
Flames were seen shooting from the roof of 60 E. 9th St. at Broadway around 6 p.m. The fire quickly escalated to five alarms.
At least 16 firefighters are being treated for minor injuries, according to EMS. No civilians were injured.
One lucky pup was rescued during the ordeal.
"I showed the Firefighters a picture of my dog, Finnegan, and they took my keys and went upstairs to the apartment to get him. When they came back down, I was so relieved and happy. I couldn't stop saying thank you," says Melissa Dibbs, who credits Ladder 11 for rescuing her dog and all other FDNY companies who responded to the fire.
FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro says it took some work on the part of some 200 firefighters to clear the apartments.
"We're investigating now the possibility that the fire may have started in a deli on the first floor, and traveled up a shaft to the top floor. It quickly spread to the space between the top floor ceiling and the roof that we call the cockloft," said Commissioner Nigro.
More than 200 Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene to bring the fire under control.
Subway service on the R and W trains has been affected by the fire.
Due to FDNY activity at 8 St-NYU, and trains are bypassing 8 St-NYU in both directions.
Allow additional travel time.