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FDNY: Early Morning Fire Appears Suspicious

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The Fire Department says that an early morning fire that badly damaged a landmarked Upper East Side townhouse appears suspicious.

Flames tore through the home on East 70th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues early Friday morning. The fire engulfed three floors of the six-story building, which was being renovated and was unoccupied. One firefighter suffered a minor injury.

About 140 firefighters managed to knock down the main body of the fire in about two hours.

"There was a tremendous amount of fire. Crews did not go into the building. We started fighting the fire from the exterior immediately," said FDNY Deputy Asst. Chief John Coloe. "It got into some of the surrounding buildings in a minor manner."

"I heard my roommate saying, you know, 'fire,' and we heard all this little explosions. We heard a lot of noise, and I looked out the window and there were flames coming," said neighbor Michelle Datiles. "We didn't know if it was from our house or not, so as soon as we could, we just ran out of the house."

Four nearby buildings had to be evacuated, but most residents have now been allowed back in.

The building is on a street considered one of the city's best townhouse blocks. It's owned by Reed Krakoff, who bought it for $17-million dollars in February. He's also president of Coach, a leather goods company.



NY1's Gary Anthony Ramsey filed the following report.

While the building at East 70th Street and Park Avenue is only five stories tall, the flames from it on Friday morning could be seen for blocks.

Johanna Valiquette lives next door and needed no prodding to get out.

"There were so many flames coming up around our building, because we are right next door. We knew that soon the fire was going to be in our house," she said.

Four buildings were evacuated for a period of time while the FDNY did its job, with more than 140 rescuers and dozens of trucks on the scene of what quickly became a three alarm fire.

"I heard my roommate saying, you know, 'fire,' and we heard all this little explosions. We heard a lot of noise, and I looked out the window and there were flames coming," said neighbor Michelle Datiles. "We didn't know if it was from our house or not, so as soon as we could, we just ran out of the house."

Two blocks away, two days earlier this kind of activity rousted residents on the Upper East Side, when a plane flown by Yankee Pitcher Cory Lidle smashed into a condo on 72nd Street

"It's unfortunate that this occurred in the same neighborhood but you know coincidences do occur. We hope that's all this was," said FDNY Deputy Chief John Coloe.

The landmark townhouse built in 1921, was bought recently by Reed Krackov the President of Coach bags for $17 million. His lawyer said he had no comment about the destruction of his property.

Fortunately there were no fatalities or serious injuries.

- Gary Anthony Ramsey




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