12 Firefighters Injured in Massive Manhattan Blaze

Residential buildings nearby evacuated as a precaution

Friday, Sep 10, 2010  |  Updated 12:48 PM EDT
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Firefighters worked through the night battling this five alarm fire that started around 12:30A Friday. At least 15 people were injured.

Firefighters worked through the night battling this five alarm fire that started around 12:30A Friday. At least 15 people were injured.

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Firefighters spent most of their night knocking down a massive restaurant fire in midtown Manhattan.

The FDNY said Friday morning that the blaze escalated to five alarms before the main body of the fire was put out. It started around 12:30 a.m.

Streets were closed around 39th Street and Third Avenue and some bus service was being rerouted. Some neighboring buildings were evacuated as a precaution.

The FDNY says 12 firefighters suffered minor injuries. Three other responding authorities also were hurt.

Assistant FDNY Chief Richard Tobin said the fire started in the cockloft above the kitchen area of two restaurants and caused the roof to collapse. It is not being deemed suspicious at this time.

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