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Harlem Blaze Deemed Suspicious

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Authorities say one person has died in a blaze that ravaged an apartment building in northern Manhattan. Twelve people suffered minor injuries, including 10 firefighters.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says the fire Monday started in the first floor of the six-story building on West 136th Street in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood.

He didn't have any other information about the person who died. He says the fire has been deemed suspicious.

Egenia Hernandez, who lives on the first floor, says she evacuated her father, then went back in to get documents but ended up having to escape through a window.

By 8 p.m., the flames had been doused, but the street was closed to all but some elderly residents in adjoining buildings who were allowed to sit on their stoops.

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