Fire crews contain huge blaze in NY

Hamilton Heights fire engulfs roof of apartment building

A massive blaze has broken out at a six-storey apartment building in the Hamilton Heights area of NY.

Syndee Winters, who has appeared in "Hamilton: The Musical", posted videos from the scene of the fire showing the entire roof engulfed in flames as firefighters continued to battle the blaze.

Heavy smoke and orange flames could be seen pouring through the building's roof, with strong wind making the blaze hard to contain.

As of 5pm the fire was not under control, according to officials at the scene.

There are stores located on the first floor of the building and 34 residences on the five upper floors.

Some witnesses told PIX11 that sections of the building's facade are falling to the street below.

The building is both residential and retail. The wind gusts over 20 miles an hour quickly fueled the fire as it chewed through the room and into the other sixth floor apartments.

"We evacuated buildings across the street, the building to the rear and both sides of 144 are evacuated". Many residents were visibly upset as they realized their homes were completely destroyed. There is no word on what caused the fire.

More than 250 firefighters responded to the fire that displaced at families and injured nine people, including seven firefighters, one police officer, and one civilian.

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