fire 949 wea

A fire at 949 West End Avenue on Wednesday morning drew 60 firefighters and sent one person to the hospital with minor injuries.

The fire, on the 11th floor of the building near 107th street, was called in at 8:10 a.m. and was under control by 8:44 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said. The injured person, a civilian, was transported to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.

The cause was not available.

Photo by Ernie Fritz.

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    1. Clarissa says:

      We live in this building and only figured out something was going on from the noise of people going up and down the stairwell. Are buildings this size required to have a fire alarm for the building? What are the laws here? I know residents who slept through the whole thing which seems extremely dangerous to me.

      • Upper West Side Wally says:

        I think you should (by law and common sense) have a couple of smoke detectors inside your apartment.

        • Wendy says:

          Smoke detectors and CO2 detectors are required in any rental apt. If the fire was on a higher floor and you’re on a lower floor, or vice versa, and the smoke didn’t travel into the hallway of your floor , you won’t necessarily hear it. For many fires, the safest place to be is in your apt. with the front door shut and with a towel across the bottom to keep the smoke out. I don’t believe older buildings have fire alarms but all older bldg apts have direct access to fire escapes.

    2. Scott says:

      Compare this to the blaze at the firetrap in Edgewater NJ. Our steel and concrete slab buildings are the safest ever built. And I mean in the history of mankind. Be grateful.

      • Gregson says:

        Steel and concrete slab? This is most likely wood-framed, pre-war construction as are most of the buildings of this era.