6-Alarm Fire Rips Through Manhattan Bank, Burns for More Than a Day

200 firefighters were dispatched to put out the blaze at a Citibank on Broadway and 111th Street

By Sheldon Dutes
|  Monday, Jan 13, 2014  |  Updated 9:22 AM EDT
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Around 200 firefighters were dispatched to put out a blaze at a Citibank on Broadway and 111th Street in Morningside Heights. Sheldon Dutes reports.

Around 200 firefighters were dispatched to put out a blaze at a Citibank on Broadway and 111th Street in Morningside Heights. Sheldon Dutes reports.

Firefighters worked for more than a day to put out a six-alarm fire that started in a Manhattan bank early Saturday, officials said.

Around 200 firefighters were dispatched to put out the blaze -- which started in the early morning hours and was still not completely under control Sunday morning -- at a Citibank on Broadway and 111th Street in Morningside Heights.

FDNY authorities said four firefighters were treated for minor injuries and four other people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Officials said they believe the fire was electrical and started in the bank's basement.

A spokesman for Citibank said Saturday afternoon that it was still unclear whether safety deposit boxes or other important items had been destroyed, but that the fire had done a great deal of damage to the branch.

"We will assess the precise impact of the fire as soon as is feasible but the damage appears to be extensive," Andrew Brent wrote in an email.

Residents said the fire engulfed more than one neighborhood fixture.

"We all use that CitiBank," said Councilman Daniel O'Donnell, who lives nearby. "We use Samod's Deli next door. That's where I get my coffee every morning. It's the heart of the neighborhood."

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