Heavy Smoke Billows From Flatiron Building in 2-Alarm Fire

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    Firefighters worked to put out a fire on the roof of a commercial building in the Flatiron district in Manhattan. (Published Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014)

    A two-alarm fire tore through a Flatiron restaurant in Manhattan late Monday afternoon, traveling up to the roof and sending up heavy black smoke through the area, authorities say.

    The FDNY says it got a call for the fire at 688 Sixth Ave., near 22nd Street, shortly before 5 p.m. 

    A fire official on the scene said it appears the fire started inside a Spanish restaurant on the first floor of the three-story commercial building, then went up to the roof through duct work. 

    The restaurants and stores on the ground floor near where the fire started were evacuated by the time firefighters arrived, the official said. 

    Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the fire, the FDNY said. 

    Officials are looking into how the fire started. 

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