5-Alarm Fire Tears Through Building in Tribeca

Firefighters are still containing the five-alarm fire which had spread through the roof on Murray Street near Church Street in Manhattan around 8 p.m. authorities said

Flames engulfed the block-long building at 24 Murray St.in Tribeca Friday night, at times blanketing the area around the five-story structure in thick, dark smoke.

11 firefighters suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation to lacerations.

'That duct work ran up through the middle of the building.

The FDNY said the flames broke out inside a duct in a restaurant on the first floor.

Fire officials speculate that if they hadn't arrived in a timely matter the blaze could have been much worse, as they believe there is ammunition in the basement left behind from an old shooting range. The 1851 building, she wrote, "was one of the last "ordinary" store and loft buildings from the Civil War that stood outside our historic district borders".

The fire started inside the ducts of a restaurant on the ground floor of a five-story building in Tribeca around 6:30 p.m
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The mixed-use building has retail businesses on the first floor.

The fire chief also says the cool weather helped them get the blaze under control faster.

A large fire in a building just a few blocks from the World Trade Center has filled lower Manhattan with smoke. And then there was like insane black smoke like way high up'.

The smell of smoke carried as far as Brooklyn. It started to billow out through the windows on the sides'.

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