Jennifer Millman

Baby, Firefighters Hurt as 7-Alarm Inferno Tears Through NYC Apartment Building

What to Know

  • A seven-alarm fire ripped through an apartment complex in the Bronx early Monday, authorities said
  • At least six people were hurt in the blaze at the six-story complex on McClellan Street; one of the injured was a baby
  • A cause of the fire is under investigation; more than 120 people had been displaced by the blaze as of noon Monday

A seven-alarm fire tore through an apartment building in the Bronx early Monday, injuring at least six people, including a baby, and leaving more than 120 people homeless, fire officials said. 

Five firefighters were also among those hurt in the fire at the six-story complex on McClellan Street Monday, though all of those victims were expected to survive. The injured baby is thought to be around 9 months old. 

The fire broke out around 5:30 a.m. and quickly intensified, extending into every floor and up into the roof. By 8 a.m., it hit seven alarms and was declared under control shortly thereafter, the first several floors totally charred and gutted by fire. About 250 fire and EMS personnel responded to the blaze, which apparently broke out in a first-floor supermarket, authorities said.

The rest of the building includes five stories of apartments -- an approximate 40 units. As of noon Monday, more than 125 people were displaced, according the Red Cross.

The Red Cross has set up a reception center at the nearby Family School for residents affected by the fire, where the organization will provide food and other services, including providing emergency housing. 

The FDNY released drone footage that showed more than a dozen firefighters on the roof of the towering complex, white smoke drifting all around them. 

Earlier, drone footage showed firefighters' flashlights illuminating the pre-dawn sky from the top of the building, beams of blue streaking across the rooftop as sirens wailed on the ground.

A cause of the blaze is under investigation. 

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