MOUNT HOPE, the Bronx — Fire crews battled a "heavy fire" in a multi-dwelling home in the Bronx Wednesday morning, according to FDNY.
FDNY first reported a fire at 1920 Walton Ave. around 6:40 a.m. The location appears to be a six-story apartment complex, Google Maps shows.
"Heavy fire" has been found on the sixth floor and cockloft, FDNY tweeted.
Less than an hour after being first reported, the fire grew to be a five alarm, according to the NYC Emergency Management.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro commended firefighters for acting quickly to put the fire out and prevent civilian injures.
"Miraculously for a fire at 6:30 a.m., we have no civilian injuries. So I would say that the members did an extraordinary job acting so quickly, being able to search these apartments, being able to put the fire out, and limit it to the top floor and cockloft," said Nigro.
Three firefighters were injured, but they are "certainly not life-threatening," Nigro said.
The building, which has 60 to 90 occupied apartments, was "saved," but the fire has left "a number of families homeless tonight." Residents on lower levels may be able to reoccupy later Wednesday or Thursday, according to Nigro.
People living nearby should close windows and avoid smoke as much as possible.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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