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Firefighters Battle Four-Alarm Fire In Manhattan Apartment Building

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Four firefighters and two residents suffered minor injuries after a four-alarm apartment fire in Manhattan Monday.

The fire started at around 11 a.m. in an apartment building on St. Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights.

Firefighters say the fire started on the bodega on the first floor and quickly spread.

Three apartments were completely destroyed.

Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Saccente blamed the building's old design for the fire spreading as quickly as it did.

"This type of construction enables that," Saccente said. "There's a lot of voids and pockets where heat and fire could spread throughout the building to remote locations."

"I just followed everybody running down and I saw the fire trucks, the firemen," said one person. "They were coming, and they were just telling us, 'Go down, go down go down.'"

"I just left the apartment with my backpack and my camera," said Babacar Tabane, a resident of the building. "I had my shoes by the door, so that's how I was able to put these on."

The Red Cross was on the scene to assist affected residents with emergency housing.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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