A fire on Columbus Avenue between 71st and 72nd Street on Saturday morning sent flames shooting from the roof of 246 Columbus Avenue and caused firefighters to close down Columbus Avenue south of 72nd.
The fire was called in at 10:25 a.m., and 12 units with 60 firefighters responded. It was in the building above China Fun restaurant. A witness told us he saw large flames jumping from the roof shortly after the blaze began.
In the back of the building, firefighters on the roof broke through a window of what appeared to be a second-floor apartment, and were using chainsaws. Upper West Sider Jason Haber said it smelled like gas outside of the building. The fire started in the building’s ductwork (air conditioning, etc.), but it was unclear on what floor it began, an FDNY spokesman told us.
No injuries were reported and the fire was under control by 11:46 a.m.