FDNY firefighter carries a child out of the burning building to safety
FDNY firefighter carries a child out of the burning building to safety | Daniel Valls/FreedomNews.tv

One Person Injured in Early Morning Upper East Side Apartment Building Fire

One person was injured in a ferocious all-hands fire that sparked inside a 102-year-old Upper East Side apartment building early Saturday morning, FDNY officials tell Upper East Site — sending a dozen trucks and 60 firefighters racing to the scene to battle the raging flames inside.

One person was injured in early morning UES apartment building fire
One person was injured in early morning UES apartment building fire | Daniel Valls/FreedomNews.tv
The fire broke out in 503 East 73rd Street, near York Avenue | Upper East Site
The fire broke out in 503 East 73rd Street, near York Avenue | Upper East Site

The fire broke out just after 7:00 am in a first-floor apartment of the six-story building located at 503 East 73rd Street, between York Avenue and the FDR Drive.

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Firefighters raced to the scene, stretching out their hoses and smashing the windows of the burning unit to release the billowing smoke trapped inside the building.

Firefighters broke the windows of a ground floor unit to vent the smoke inside
Firefighters broke the windows of a ground floor unit to vent the smoke inside | Daniel Valls/FreedomNews.tv
FDNY crews battled a fire at 503 East 73rd Street on Saturday morning
FDNY crews battled a fire at 503 East 73rd Street on Saturday morning | Daniel Valls/FreedomNews.tv

Crews doused the flames with water and searched the building for anyone who may have been trapped inside — using ladder trucks to access the roof of the building.

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Officials say the injured victim was rushed to Weill Cornell Medical Center, but their condition was not immediately known.

The all clear was given roughly an hour after the first call for help
The all clear was given roughly an hour after the first call for help | Daniel Valls/FreedomNews.tv
Ambulances were staged on York Avenue, near the scene of the fire | Upper East Site
Ambulances were staged on York Avenue, near the scene of the fire | Upper East Site

Everyone else inside the Lenox Hill apartment building’s 30 units did make it out safely.  The fire was extinguished within an hour and the all clear was given just after 8:00 am.

At this point, officials say it is not yet clear what sparked the flames. FDNY Fire Marshals are now investigating the cause.

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