A fire broke out on the first floor of a six-story building at 489 Columbus Avenue between 83rd and 84th Street early Monday morning, resulting in six injuries, according to an FDNY spokesman. Columbus was shut down for multiple blocks around the fire.
The fire was called in at 7:04 a.m. at the building, which houses Indian restaurant Ashoka. It’s not clear how the fire began; the cause is under investigation, according to FDNY.
Twenty-five units with 106 firefighters responded. The fire was declared under control as of 8:05 a.m.
Two tenants of the building, sisters holding trembling little dogs, huddled across the street in a schoolyard. A “kind woman” had provided coffee.
“We live on the fifth floor,” one sister said. “The whole building was filled with smoke. As they evacuated us I saw three hoses going down into Ashoka’s basement.”