By Joy Bergmann
A fire broke out at around 6:57 a.m. Tuesday morning inside a 16th floor apartment at 595 West End Avenue (89th Street), injuring two residents of the unit, Chief McCrory of FDNY’s 11th Battalion told WSR at the scene. The Chief said the victims’ injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. A paramedic said they had been transported to the Weill Cornell Medicine Burn Center for treatment.
A video posted on the Citizen app showed smoke pouring from a top floor unit in the rear of the condo building. Chief McCrory said his responders did not evacuate the building and that the fire was contained to the one unit. The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said.
One 10th floor resident exiting at around 8:00 a.m. said she heard sirens but didn’t realize the fire was inside her pre-war building. “We thought it was across the street,” she said, noting the interior didn’t smell of smoke and that the structure’s “thick walls” may have helped isolate the damage.
“We got here quick. Everybody did a good job and we’re wrapping things up here,” said Chief McCrory.