At least 9 injured in fire as fire burns through building in the Bronx


VAN NEST, Bronx (WABC) - Firefighters are battling a 5-alarm fire in the Bronx that left at least nine people injured Tuesday morning. The fire started on the first floor of a building on Commonwealth Avenue and East Tremont Avenue in the Van Nest section just after 5:30 a.m. Most of the injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening. There are twelve apartments in the building. Firefighters broke windows to get people out of the building as the fire continued to burn.

One woman ran down the hall banging on doors to try and get her neighbors out. Another resident escaped with her two children and dog. She was getting ready for work when she smelled smoke. "I woke up my husband, my kids and said listen there's a fire in the building," she said. "By the time we opened the door in the hallway, there was black smoke." The fire appears to have started in a first floor furniture store.

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