Some Midtown Residents Displaced After Fire - NBC New York

Some Midtown Residents Displaced After Fire

The fire erupted early Sunday at 195 Lexington Ave., and soon spread to the attached high-rise building at 31st Street



    Amateur video of a two-alarm fire at 195 Lexington Ave. that spread to a residential high-rise at 151 E. 31st St. Sunday, June 10. No one was injured. (Published Sunday, June 10, 2012)

    Officials are investigating a fire that started on a commercial rooftop of a midtown building Sunday.

    The blaze erupted at about 6 a.m. at 195 Lexington Ave. and soon spread to the attached high-rise building at 31st Street.

    Dan Malkin, who lives on the fourth floor of the high-rise building, awoke to the sound of fire alarms and the smell of smoke.

    "Smoke started coming through the windows," said Malkin.

    Malkin said he has to get his clothing cleaned and find a new place to live temporarily.

    "The kitchen is pretty bad, and the bathroom, but we're lucky because the bedrooms are wrapped around, so my bedrooom's fine," he said. "One of my roommate's windows got knocked out but that's it. It could've been a lot worse."

    Residents on the third floor apparently saw the most damage but no one was injured. Still, many in the building were shaken by what happened.

    "My apartment still really smells, and I'm 17 floors up from where it happened," said Sara Kay.

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