Soho Fire Smokes Out 10-Pound Pot Stash

By Katherine Creag and Shimon Prokupecz
|  Friday, Aug 5, 2011  |  Updated 7:36 PM EDT
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Nearly a dozen people were injured when a fast-moving fire broke out at a SoHo apartment building.

Nearly a dozen people were injured when a fast-moving fire broke out at a SoHo apartment building.

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Ten pounds of marijuana were found inside a Soho apartment Friday where a smoky fire earlier in the day had injured 10 firefighters.

Officials smoked out the stash as they did a walk-through of the building on Thompson Street. A 44-year-old fashion photographer was arrested and charged with first-degree possession.

Witnesses say the fire started in the basement and traveled all the way up to the sixth floor of 68 Thompson St., which was evacuated, along with 72 Thompson.

Residents told NBC New York they didn't hear a smoke alarm go off. They were awakened by neighbors banging on doors and yelling for them to get out.

“I couldn’t see anything. Not an inch in front of me,” one resident told NBC New York. “I was asking where to go. Go up, go down? I didn’t know where the fire was. It was insane.”

The Red Cross placed six families in emergency housing.

The resident taken to the hospital had minor smoke inhalation. That individual, who wasn't identified, is expected to be fine, according to the FDNY.

Of the 10 firefighters hospitalized, one had a heart condition, at least two had serious burns, two had minor smoke inhalation and others had problems related to minor exhaustion. The extent of the burned firefighters' injuries wasn't immediately clear.

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