New York Firefighters Struggle to Bring Bank Fire Under Control

More than 17 hours after a Citibank in Morningside Heights went up in flames, firefighters are still working to bring it under control, reports PIX11.

Neighbors woke up to the sound of shattering glass and smell of smoke as fire began to take over the bank at Broadway and 111th Street.

More than 200 firefighters responded to the fire which broke out at 5:20 a.m. Saturday.  By afternoon, it had gone to six alarms.

“We thought we had the fire, but unexpectedly the entire first floor sagged. At that point in time, the structural stability of the building became problematic, and out of necessity, we had to pull all the firefighters out,” said James Esposito,  FDNY Chief of Operations.

Three firefighters and four civilians suffered minor smoke related injuries.  Investigators are still looking into what sparked the fire that began in the bank’s basement.

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