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Four Firefighters Injured in Manhattan Fire

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NEW YORK – Four firefighters were injured while battling a Christmas Day fire on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

CBS New York reports that fire on the fifth floor of 409 East 69th Street began around noon and had extended into the cockloft.

FDNY officials say entry into the fire apartment was made difficult due to clutter inside.

“Picture an apartment filled with debris to your waist level. You can understand how that would be difficult getting into a doorway or even moving,” Deputy Chief Fred Schaaf told CBS New York.

Approximately 140 firefighters responded to the scene of the three-alarm fire.

The four injured firefighters were taken to area hospitals and treated for minor injuries.

No occupants were reported to have been hurt.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.