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Seven People Hurt in Midtown High-rise Fire

Posted on Jul 12, 2016

FireSeven people were hurt, including three firefighters and four civilians, including an infant, when a fire broke out in a Midtown apartment building Thursday.

According to fire officials, the fire broke out at approximately 6:37 a.m. in a second-floor mechanical room of a building on W. 42nd Street near 11th Avenue.

The 60-story building, part of the Silver Towers owned by Silverstein Properties, was filled with heavy smoke from the fire.  Residents living in the upper floors said that they were told to evacuate the building via email in a message that indicated a “small fire in a storage room.” The smoke that flooded the building, however, made the blaze seem much more significant.

Some of the residents of the building also complained that they heard no smoke alarms in their apartments even when hallways were filled with smoke, while others say that the alarms did go off.


Firefighters arrived on the scene and searched more than 50 apartments to see if anyone had been left in the building. Four people were rescued from a window located on the fourth floor.

During the firefight, three firefighters suffered minor injuries and were taken to Bellevue Hospital as a precautionary measure. Three civilians also suffered minor injuries but declined hospital treatment.

According to Deputy Fire Chief, John Esposito, an infant suffered minor smoke inhalation and was transported to Bellevue Hospital also as a precaution.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a fire or in an on-the-job accident, contact the law offices of Goldstein and Bashner today. We have years of experience helping our clients who have been injured through no fault of their own.  We can act as your representative to insurance and others that are connected to your accident.  

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