More than a dozen people were injured Wednesday afternoon, one critically, in a five-alarm fire in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx.
Officials say it broke out around 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of a six-story apartment building located at 754 Manida Street in Hunts Point.
The fire later spread to an adjoining two-family home.
Among the injured are 11 firefighters; two of whom were shocked by dangling wires hidden by the smoke.
Firefighters rescued one man who was located inside an apartment three floors above the fire.
One person, whose identity has not been released, was taken to the hospital with burns over 50 percent of their body.
Residents at the scene say they were overwhelmed by the flames.
"The fire, it was just ridiculous. It was just all over the place, just coming up out the back," said one tenant. "They had to bring the man on the third floor that was paralyzed from the waist down, they had to bring him down to help him and the old lady from the second floor. It was just smoke everywhere, it was ridiculous, you couldn't see nothing in the building."
"It was a tremendous effort by the firefighters. The fire was shooting out like a blow torch out of the front windows and into the side windows. We had lines; hand lines committed into the fire building, but we also had to address the buildings to the side of the fire building," said FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Falotico.
Firefighters say the six-story building was destroyed. As a result, tenants in more than a dozen apartments have been displaced.
There are no details yet on how the fire started.