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Washington Heights Fire Injures 17, Displaces 60

775 Riverside Drive, nyc
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An apartment fire at Riverside Drive and 157th Street has caused multiple injuries.

17 people were injured and 60 have been displaced after after a 7-alarm fire in Washington Heights. After investigation, the cause of the fire was identified as a toaster that burst into flames.

Around 2pm, a fire began on the second story of the six-story residential building. While the danger has passed, the FDNY continued working the fire, making sure that no hot spots remained that could reignite a fire. The steady increase in "alarms" is due to the duration of the response, which requires more units to be dispatched to take over those that have been on scene for many hours.

On Tuesday, FDNY responded to the building a second time, but it was for a "steam condition", and thankfully no fire was found.

Please be aware when using electric appliances or open flames during these cold months β€” multiple recent fires across the city have been caused by accidents involving space heaters, gas stoves, and even a menorah.

Updated: Tuesday, January 9 with final injury totals, cause of fire, and info on second FDNY response.

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