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Firefighters Fight Four-Alarm Fire on Upper West Side

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Firefighters battled four-alarm blaze in a residential building on the Upper West Side Thursday evening.

The fire ripped through an apartment building on West 76th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

According to the New York City Fire Department, the fire broke out around 7 p.m. and burned from the second floor to the fifth floor of the six-story building.

Officials believe the fire started in the walls.

First responders said that most occupants of the 17 apartment units evacuated themselves, but many were helped out by firefighters.

"When you look out the window, you see the fire on the fourth floor on top of us, and then, you start seeing it, it just, on the third floor now, and then the second floor. I guess it was just spreading down, and then the firefighter comes into our apartment, he's like, now he tells us, 'Get out, leave, leave, leave!'" said one resident. "Thank God I hope everyone's out, everyone's OK."

"We were chasing fire throughout this building for a couple of hours," said Assistant Chief Edward Baggott of the FDNY.

Nearly a dozen firefighters suffered minor injuries.

There were no reports of any civilian injuries.

Fire marshals will determine the cause of the fire.

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