1 Dead, 20 Firefighters Hurt in NYC Apartment Fire

Sunday, 20 Feb 2011 08:52 AM

 

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NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say one person has died in a fire that ripped through a six-story New York City apartment building.

A fire department spokesman says the body of a 64-year-old woman was found in the rubble after firefighters battled strong winds for several hours trying to extinguish the blaze. The victim's name was not released.

Officials say 20 firefighters were injured battling Saturday's blaze in Brooklyn. None of the injuries are life-threatening. Four civilians suffered minor injuries. Seven people were treated at the scene.

Strong winds complicated firefighters' efforts at the building on East 29th Street before the five-alarm fire was brought under control early Sunday.

Over 200 firefighters were called to the scene.

The building has about 70 apartments. The spokesman says a shelter for displaced residents has been set up at a nearby school.

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