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Morningside Heights bank fire under control after 18 hours

Dray Clark has the latest details.
January 12, 2014 9:57:25 AM PST
A six-alarm fire at a Citibank building in Morningside Heights was declared under control Sunday, nearly 18 hours after it was first reported.

Three New York City firefighters and four other people suffered minor injuries in the blaze.

A FDNY spokesman says the fire broke out in the basement of the building at about 5:20 a.m. Saturday.

Close to 200 firefighters from 40 units battled the blaze in the two-story building on Broadway and West 111th Street.

Three firefighters were taken to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, while three other people were treated on the scene and refused further treatment. A fourth suffering from smoke inhalation was taken to the hospital.

A concern for the bank's customers are the hundreds of safety deposit boxes that are located in the fire-damaged and now water drenched basement of the building. Officials say they will not know the condition of the items until they are allowed back into the building.

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