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Early-Morning Blaze in Upper East Side Restaurant Injures Four Firefighters

November 30, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 120321101

MANHATTAN, NY - Four firefighters were injured when a ceiling collapsed on them as they worked to extinguish a fire in a restaurant on First Avenue, at the corner of East 95th Street, in the Upper East Side.

The fire broke out a little after 5:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 30th, in a restaurant on the first floor of a five-story building that contains apartments above. As crews worked to stop the spread of flames to the apartments, the ceiling of the first floor collapsed, injuring four firefighters. According to FDNY Assistant Fire Chief Michael Gala, two of them were transferred to Cornell Medical Center, and two of them were transported to St. Luke’s Hospital. All four are expected to be OK.

The blaze, which eventually went to four alarms, took 168 firefighters from 39 units to bring under control around 8:30 A.M. The Red Cross was on scene to assist more than a dozen residents who were displaced. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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