Two civilians suffered life-threatening injuries while a firefighter was hurt as more than 130 FDNY members battled a three-alarm blaze at a Manhattan building Wednesday, officials said.
The fire erupted in a second-floor unit at 213 West 34th St. around 8:30 a.m. and quickly intensified. It took about an hour and a half to douse the flames.
One of the two badly hurt civilians lives on the second floor; the other lives on the fourth floor. Both had to be rescued and were fighting for their lives late Wednesday morning. A hoarding situation in the second-floor apartment made it difficult for firefighters to even find the person trapped inside, officials said.
Firefighters were later seen tossing that person’s belongings out a window as they tried to clear debris. No other details on the civilian victims were immediately available. The hurt firefighter is expected to be OK and was also taken to a hospital.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.