Massive fire rips through row of Harlem shops on Lenox Avenue: FDNY

Massive Harlem fire in commercial building

Firefighters battle large flames burning in a row of stores on Lenox Avenue in Harlem, Manhattan early Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. (Citizen App)

HARLEM, Manhattan — A five-alarm blaze tore through a strip of shops in Harlem overnight into early Wednesday morning, according to the FDNY.

Fire officials said a call came in just after 3 a.m. for the fire at 490 Lenox Ave., between West 134th and West 135th streets.

The location is a one-story commercial building that houses a row of various stores along the avenue.

Video from Citizen App showed massive flames shooting out of the roof of the building as firefighters on cranes doused the structure with water from above.

Four-Alarm Commercial Building Fire @CitizenApp

490 Lenox Ave 3:19:38 AM EDT

The fire grew to a fifth alarm around 6:30 a.m., according to a tweet from the FDNY.

Forty-four units consisting of 198 fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene, FDNY said.

The blaze was deemed under control just before 7:30 a.m.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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