An elderly person is dead after a two-alarm fire on an upper floor of a Manhattan high-rise Monday morning, the city fire department said.

Officials said the blaze started around 7:32 a.m. on the 35th floor of the 36-story building at West 56th St. and Broadway.

Fire department officials said windy conditions in the city made it difficult for firefighters to respond to the Midtown fire.

"To get into that hallway, with the heat and the fire conditions that they're facing, and then they have to use a hose line to push the fire back down that hall and into the apartment to extinguish it," said FDNY Deputy Chief Joe Woznica.

But the fire department got the fire under control in less than two hours. Two firefighters were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.