Twenty suffer smoke inhalation from compactor chute fire in Harlem

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HARLEM, Manhattan — Emergency officials are treating 20 people for smoke inhalation following a compactor chute fire in a Harlem building Monday night.

The fire broke out around 8 p.m., in the NYCHA MLK Houses at 1350 Fifth Ave.

According to the FDNY, the fire was in a compactor chute. The fire sent heavy smoke through the hallways of all floors.

EMS treated 14 civilians and three firefighters for minor smoke inhalation. Two people were treated for serious smoke inhalation. Officials say none of the injuries reported are life-threatening.

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