By Joy Bergmann
Heavy smoke poured from a fourth-floor apartment at 249 W. 62nd Street near West End Avenue on Wednesday afternoon around 1:52 p.m.
According to an FDNY spokesperson, 12 units with 60 firefighters responded to the fire in a six-story courtyard building in the NYCHA Amsterdam Houses development.
On the scene, Chief Pascocello told WSR, “No injuries. One dog looked like he took some smoke inhalation, but I have no update on him.” There was no obvious cause for the blaze; fire marshals will investigate, he said.
Sixth-floor resident Wanda Salas, 38, said she first became aware of trouble when she heard someone yell ‘fire.’ “I gathered my necessities, and by the time I came out we had to go to the roof because it was so dark.” Once on the roof, she made her way to the other branch of the building where a clear stairwell led to an alternate exit.
Salas pointed at the FDNY crew packing up the mini command station at 2:20 p.m. “They’re so good. They’re leaving already. Thank you!”