MURRAY HILL (PIX11) -- Nine people were hurt when a fire broke out Friday morning behind a restaurant in Murray Hill.
Firefighters battled the two-alarm blaze behind 251 Ginza Sushi, located at 251 E. 35th St. at Second Avenue in Murray Hill. It started at 10:51 a.m.
A neighbor said the blaze began when a recycling bin caught fire in the backyard.
"They were saying a recycling bin on fire," said Jesse Smith, a bystander at the scene said.
"The fire started in the backyard," Eric, who shares his backyard with the restaurant, said. "We share backyard with the restaurant. Don't know how bad our apartment is right now. My cats are there right now."
The fire caused a major traffic disruption when firefighters were forced to close multiple streets. Cars backed up along 35th Street after it was closed from 3rd Avenue to the Queens Midtown Tunnel.
2nd Avenue was also impassible from 35th Street up to 42nd.
The fire was placed under control just before noon.
Nine people were hurt, eight of them firefighters. Their injuries were described as minor.