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2 Hurt in Blaze at Apartment Building Next Door to Firehouse in Chelsea: FDNY

Two people were hurt in a blaze that broke out on the top floor of an apartment building next door to an FDNY station house in Chelsea on Christmas, according to officials.

Fire officials said that a resident and a firefighter were both treated for minor injuries in the blaze on West 19th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues was brought under control by about 4:45 p.m. on Monday.

The FDNY said the flames were mostly confined to the top floor and cockloft of the building that sits next door to FDNY Engine 3. The cause of the blaze wasn't immediately available.

Dozens of people crowded around the street and filmed through their apartment windows as firefighters tried to douse the flames. In some of the footage, firefighters could be seen atop the building's roof. 

At least one observer posted to Twitter that a woman on the street was "crying and saying her husband and pets are still inside." It's not clear if the pets were rescued.

More than a dozen others were also forced out of their homes on Christmas. The Red Cross was assisting those who were displaced.

Among those displaced was Cesar Fernandez, who said he had taken his dog Loubie for a walk when the blaze broke out in the apartment next door to his. 

"I probably lost everything, but the fact that Loubie and I are safe, that’s most important," he said.

A blaze earlier on Christmas in a midtown high-rise left a 76-year-old man dead

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